K-GMT Science Program Guidelines for CFHT/MMT


The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project is an international collaboration to design, build and operate a 25m telescope for research in astrophysics and cosmology. KASI, as a representative of Korean Astronomical Society, participates in the GMT project as a consortium partner (K-GMT Project). The mission of K-GMT Science Group is to provide Korean Astronomical Society with necessary resources to boost up their scientific capability in the field of observational astronomy and astrophysics toward the coming era of GMT. With a guidance of K-GMT Science & Instrument Working Group, the K-GMT Science Group is rolling out K-GMT Science Program to provide an access to mid-sized (4m - 6m) optical telescopes. This program aims to boost up the scientific capability in the field of observational astronomy and astrophysics by providing required observing facilities. There is no limit on the fields of science that prospect proposals shall aim to address. However, preference will be given to proposals with sciences that can be applicable to GMT in the near future.

This program will be initially available for 3 years starting from 2014, and will be extended further depending on the demand and the available resource. The available telescopes and available number of nights may vary.


K-GMT Science Group (KGSG) invites the application of science proposals in the field of observational astronomy and astrophysics. KGSG will provide selected programs with access to the mid-to-large sized telescopes for the accomplishment of their scientific goals. The proposers should consult the call for proposals of each year, which will contain more detailed information including the list of available telescopes. The prospect proposers are advised to contact or visit website of each telescope for more detailed information on the available detectors, observing modes, etc.

The telescope time will be provided through the agreement between KASI and the partners. The observers through this program will follow the nominal rules and convention of each observatory if not explicitly stated otherwise. The observers will be provided with the same level of support as a normal user of the observatories.

Phase II Proposals

Depending on the telescope and the observing mode, submission of phase 2 proposals may become necessary once the proposal is accepted (usually when observations are done in the queue mode). The phase 2 proposals should be taken care of by proposers following the relevant instructions provided by each observatory.

Investigator Policy
  • The eligible PI’s of the proposals are researchers affiliated with Korean research institutes or universities. However, at least one researcher affiliated with Korean research institutes or universities holding a position in the level of assistant professors(조교수)/staff researchers(선임연구원) or higher must join the proposal as PI or Co-I.
  • If the PI is a graduate student, then his or her supervising professor should join the proposal and must be identified.
Data Handling Policy

All raw data obtained through this program will be open to public use by Korean astronomical society in 12 months after the last observing run. The PI of each program is supposed to upload the raw data to a data archiving server at KASI. Detailed information on the data archiving server and how to upload the data will be prepared and provided to PIs when they are ready. In addition, the PIs are encouraged to provide the processed data to the Korean community in coordination with the K-GMT Science Group.

Authorship & Acknowledgement

By applying to this K-GMT Science Program, the PI of the proposal is advised to follow the K-GMT Authorship Guideline. The K-GMT Authorship Guideline will be provided to PIs of the successful proposals and the most recent version of the Guideline is available on the web as well as upon request to KGSG.

The relevant requirement for this program is that any scientific papers based on the observations supported by this program are advised to be prepared in close collaboration with K-GMT project office, and that, at least, the principal investigator and project scientist of K-GMT project are supposed to serve as co-authors of the paper. Furthermore, the papers should include an acknowledgement to K-GMT Science Program. More specific instructions will be provided to successful PIs.