ESO Period 97 Proposal Submission Statistics

Published: 06 Oct 2015
Paranal at sunset

The Call for Proposals for ESO Period 97 (1 April 2016 – 30 September 2016) closed on 1 October 2015. 1020 proposals were received (the second highest, after Period 84), including 22 for Large Programmes, 48 for Target of Opportunity and 5 for Monitoring Programmes, for a total of 2212 nights. The number of proposals received shows an increase of 6.5% over Period 96.

The requested nights are broken down as 1560, 562 and 90 at Paranal, La Silla and APEX respectively, including 95 nights for the two survey telescopes (VISTA and VST). The most requested instrument was HARPS on the ESO 3.6m, with 259 nights; on the VLT X-shooter and MUSE were the most requested instruments (221 and 220 nights respectively), closely followed by FORS2 with 215 nights. The percentages of submitted proposals across science categories were: Cosmology 19%; Galaxies & Galactic Nuclei 20%; ISM, Star Formation & Planetary Systems 30%; Stellar Evolution 31%.

The proposals will be reviewed by the Observing Programmes Committee, which meets in November. Proposers will be informed of the outcome of the review process in mid-December.