The receipt of each incoming proposal will be automatically acknowledged. A check will be made to verify that it is a valid RPS input file.
The valid proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate panel members of the XMM-Newton OTAC for scientific assessment and review.
The electronic versions will be ingested into a proposal data base for statistical analysis. Also, some investigations will be performed to search for, amongst others, duplications, violations of data rights, instrument safety, oversubscription in particular areas of the sky, technical feasibility.
Every proposed target will be checked with respect to performed and planned observations of XMM-Newton and Chandra. Targets which duplicate previous observations or planned observations of one or of both missions will be flagged for the OTAC evaluation. Therefore, a detailed analysis of the scientific content of existing X-ray data with respect for the scientific goal of a submitted proposal is highly recommended.