Announcement of Opportunity
Effective 26 August 2014, XMM-Newton observing proposals are solicited
in response to the Fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-14.
A letter from ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration,
inviting you to participate in the Fourteenth Call for Proposals, is
for XMM-Newton AO-14 proposal
submission is Friday 10 October 2014, 12:00
Important changes for AO-14 relative to earlier Calls
(The policies that apply to XMM-Newton Joint Programmes are
described in detail in the
Policies and Procedures Document.)
Joint XMM-Newton/NuSTAR Programme
The assignment of NuSTAR support scientists will be discontinued.
Joint XMM-Newton/VLT Programme
Details of the VLT observations, as listed in the Policies and
Procedures Document, must be specified in the HRPS form.
Joint XMM-Newton/SWIFT Programme
Swift observations awarded by the XMM-Newton time Allocation Committee,
including anticipated ToOs, will be valid only during one AO.
Update on the Joint XMM-Newton/INTEGRAL Programme
Since several years ago, the INTEGRAL Time Allocation Committee was
able to award XMM-Newton time. Since the current AO, by agreement with
the INTEGRAL Project, proposers interested in making use of INTEGRAL
time as part of their XMM-Newton science investigations may submit in
response to this call a single proposal requesting time with both
missions. The INTEGRAL Project is from now on making up to 300 ks of
INTEGRAL observing time available to such joint science proposals.
Proposal Submission Documentation
The following AO-14 documentation is available:
Letter by the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration announcing AO-14
Policies and Procedures for the XMM-Newton AO-14
XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB)
XMM-Newton Scientific Justification LaTeX Template
(Scientific Justification must not exceed 4 pages, 5 pages for Large and Very Large Programmes)
On-line documentation contains updated links to references in the text.
The XMM-Newton SOC highly recommends the use of the Scientific
Justification LaTeX Template
instructions at the end of this page).
|Key milestones for AO-14 are:
|Announcement of Opportunity
|| 26 August 2014
| Due date for Proposals
|| 10 October 2014 (12:00 UT)
| Final OTAC approved programme
|| late December 2014
|For approved proposals only:
| Start of Phase II proposal submission
|| 13 January 2015
| Closure of Phase II proposal submission
|| 6 February 2015
| Start of AO-14 observations
|| May 2015
Approved AO-14 observations are planned to be performed during the period
May 2015 to April 2016 (XMM-Newton revolutions 2819 - 3002).
Proposal Submission Procedure and Tools
XMM-Newton Proposals are submitted using the
XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission
The following tools are available to assist AO-14 proposers:
Visibility Checker Tool:
Check if a target is visible with XMM-Newton
Sky Visibility Map:
Check visibility constraints for any position on the sky during this AO
Check if a target has been observed or is awaiting observation by XMM-Newton
Pending Accepted ToO and Triggered Observations:
Check if a target has already been accepted as anticipated ToO, and find the validity period of the corresponding proposal
XMM-Newton Mosaic Mode:
EPIC Exposure Map Simulator
EPIC-pn footprint template for ds9 and Aladin:
can be downloaded to be used as templates for ds9 and Aladin viewers, respectively. They should be loaded as Region-Template-Load (in ds9)
and FOV (in Aladin). The Position Angles with which a given object can be observed with XMM-Newton can be obtained with the
Visibility Checker Tool.
Other Useful Links for Proposers
The following links are available to assist AO-14 proposers:
The following external links may also be helpful:
Using the LaTeX Template File
Use of the provided
to write the scientific justification is highly
Proposal justifications MUST be submitted as one file in
Portable Document Format (PDF)
. A PDF file can be
generated from the LaTeX template in one of two ways:
Use a LaTeX installation which allows you to create PDF files
directly from the .tex file (e.g. pdflatex). Some installations of
pdflatex do not allow you to include postscript figures. In this case
you might use method 2.
Use ps2pdf (preferably version 1.4) to convert the postscript file to PDF:
> latex file.tex
> dvips -Ppdf -G0 -o file.ps file.dvi
> ps2pdf14 file.ps file.pdf
Please take note of the following points regarding the use of the LaTeX
Proposers must make sure that generated pdf output from the
template is complete both when displayed with a viewer (acroread)
and when printed on paper. LaTeX installations vary greatly and
therefore it might not be possible to get all proposals to come out
correctly with a single text page layout. In some cases the user
will have to adjust the \topmargin=-7mm command in the template to
vertically centre the text.
The page limit of 4 pages (5 pages only for justifications of
"Large Programmes" and "Very Large Programmes") includes all
materials, i.e. science justification and Sections 4 and 5
(previous work and publications).
Color images are allowed and proposals are distributed to OTAC in
electronic form. However, the scientific content of images should
still remain clear when displayed or printed in black and white.
The proposal justification can be submitted in single or in
two-column format. Instructions on how to switch between these two
layouts are given in the LaTeX template.
The font size (11pt) is mandatory.
All questions regarding XMM-Newton proposal submission should be
directed to the