ALMA Cycle 7 Pre-announcement

Published: 19 Dec 2018
Carina Nebula over the Chajnantor plateau

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of observing (Cycle 7) in October 2019.

A Call for Proposals with detailed information on Cycle 7 will be issued in March 2019, with a deadline for proposal submission in April 2019. This pre-announcement highlights aspects of the Cycle 7 proposal call that are needed to plan proposals. More information can be found on the ALMA Science Portal.

ALMA Cycle 7 will introduce the new capabilites, Long baselines at Band 7 and Solar observations at Band 7

Key Dates:

  • 19 March 2019 (15:00 UTC) - Call for proposals and OT release
  • 17 April 2019 (15:00 UTC)  - Cycle 7 deadline
  • End of July 2019 - Result of proposal reviews
  • 5 September 2019 - Phase 2 submission deadline
  • October 2019- Start of Cycle 7 observations
  • September 2020 - End of Cycle 7 observations


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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescopes admire the night sky above the Chajnantor plateau. The distinct, pink Carina Nebula can be seen to the right of the forefront antenna.


R. Vek Durán Barreiro/ESO