3rd announcement of opportunity for science planners
in the nasa-led iriS mission
3 April 2017
This 3rd Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in the ESA Member States, under the form of Science Planners
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The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission, launched in 2013, that allows tracing the flow of solar energy and plasma from the photosphere through the chromosphere and transition region into the corona using spectroscopy and imaging in ultraviolet windows between 130 and 283 nm. IRIS can reveal the dynamics of the chromosphere and transition region, and allow understanding the processes powering them. IRIS is a major leap from previous and existing solar spectrographs (e.g., SOHO/CDS or SUMER, Hinode/EIS) in terms of spatial (0.3-0.4 arcsec), temporal (2 s) and spectral (3 km/s) resolution.
At its meeting in November 2014, ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC), approved ESA's participation in IRIS under the form of a "Mission of Opportunity". The ESA participation to the IRIS mission entails the access of competitively selected scientists based in ESA Member States to the mission's observations.
The present 3rd Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for participation in the IRIS mission from scientists working in the ESA Member States, under the form of "Science Planners". A maximum of three scientists will be appointed through the present AO. The appointment period will be for one year.
Full details of the appointment requirements and conditions, the required content of the proposal, and the evaluation criteria are given in the Announcement document. The Announcement document and the Letter of invitation can be downloaded from the right-hand menu, under "Documentation".
AO SCHEDULE and deadlines
|Release of this Call||3 April 2017|
|Due date for Proposals||5 May 2017, 12:00 (noon) CEST|
|Appointment of succesful proposers||June 2017|
Proposals are accepted exclusively in electronic form, in PDF format, using the online submission form that can be accessed below.
|Proposal submission form|
and must be received not later than the date reported in the table above.
Further queries should be addressed to:
Bernhard Fleck (Bernhard.Fleckesa.int)
ESA Project Scientist for IRIS
with copy to:
Arvind Parmar (Arvind.Parmaresa.int)
Head of the Scientific Support Office (SCI-S)
Luigi Colangeli (Luigi.Colangeliesa.int)
Head of the Science Coordination Office (SCI-CS)
Last Update: 2 April 2017