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Announcement of Opportunity

Effective 28 August, 2006, XMM-Newton observing proposals were solicited in response to the Sixth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-6.

A letter from ESA's Director of Science, inviting you to participate in the Sixth Call for Proposals, is available in electronic form (pdf).

The Deadline for XMM-Newton AO-6 submission was 6 October, 2006, 12:00 UT.

Important changes for AO-6, relative to earlier Calls

PDF Scientific Justification

Scientific justifications must be submitted electronically via the Remote Proposal Submission System as a single file in Portable Document Format (PDF). (This is a departure from earlier Calls which assumed delivery in Postscript format.)

Large Area Surveys

Proposals asking for observations of large areas of the sky through more than 10 individual observations with their fields of view touching each other or even overlapping need to be submitted in a special way as described in section 5.4 of the Policies and Procedures document.

New Scientific Category

A new scientific category has been introduced: "Cosmology, Extragalactic Deep Fields and Area Surveys" (see section 7.3.1 of the Policies and Procedures document).

Proposal Submission Procedure and Tools

XMM-Newton Proposals were submitted using the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission software.

The following tools are available to assist AO-6 proposers;

Proposal Submission Documentation

The following AO-6 documentation is available;

Letter by the Director of Science announcing AO-6 pdf
Policies and Procedures for the XMM-Newton AO-6 Onlineps.gzpdf
XMM-Newton Users' Handbook (UHB) Onlineps.gzpdf
XMM-Newton Scientific Justification LaTeX Template (MANDATORY)
(Scientific Justification must not exceed 4 pages, 5 pages for Large Programs)
Tex File

Please Note:
The XMM-Newton SOC always recommends the use of online documentation because it contains updated links to references in the text.

Notes on using the LaTeX Template File

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:
  1. 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.

  2. Use ps2pdf (preferably version 1.4) to convert a 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 template provided;

AO-6 Timetable

Key milestones for AO-6 are:
 Announcement of Opportunity28 August 2006
 Due date for Proposals6 October 2006 (12:00 UT)
 Final OTAC approved programmelate December 2006
For approved proposals only:
 Start of phase II proposal submission15 January 2007
 Closure of phase II proposal submission9 February 2007
 Start of AO-6 observationsMay 2007

Approved AO-6 observations are planned to be performed during the period May 2007 to May 2008 (approximate revolutions 1354 to 1537).

Other Useful Links for Proposers

The following links are available to assist AO-6 proposers;
All questions regarding XMM-Newton proposal submission should be directed to the XMM-Newton Helpdesk.

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