Chilean Telescope Allocation Committee (CNTAC)

CNTAC is the interface between international telescopes and the Chilean astronomical community. The CNTAC also oversees the correct fulfillment of the agreements signed between the Universidad de Chile and international telescopes currently operating or planned to be operating in the country, and it is also responsible of the assignment of telescope time of these and other telescopes.

The Chair of the CNTAC is responsible of the correct operations of the CNTAC, and consults the Advisory Committee (AC) which is formed by representatives of the Chilean astronomical community.

The CNTAC issues a call for proposals twice a year with closing dates around April 15 and October 15 each year.

To this end, the Universidad de Chile twice a year organizes the Chilean Time allocation Committee (CNTAC). The CNTAC is formed by experts from the local community and from international observatories based in Chile.

Information regarding ESO expense coverages for Chilean observers

The CNTAC peer review process is transitioning into a dual-anonymous mode. In it, the review panel will not know the identity of the proposing team, requiring the PIs to anonymize their scientific and technical justification. In this pilot semester we encourage applicants to anonymize their proposals, but the requirement will not be enforced. In future semesters, proposals whose scientific justification is not anonymized may be rejected. Guidelines for proposal anonymization can be found in this link.

Semester 2023B

Important Dates

  • March 16, 2023: Release of Call for Proposals
  • April 14, 2023: Deadline for proposal submission (at noon).
  • TBD: CNTAC panel meetings.
  • TBD: Deadline for Fast Track proposal submission.

CNTAC Chair: Patricio Rojo (UCH)
CNTAC Coordinator: Andrea Mejías (CNTAC)
CNTAC Advsory Committee:  Timo Anguita (UNAB), Roberto Assef (UDP), Katherine Vieira (UDA), Marcelo Mora (PUC)
Galactic panel Chair: Matías Gómez (UNAB)
Extragalactic panel Chair: José Luis Prieto (UDP)

Magellan Block Schedule 2023B