The regular call solicits proposals of any size and combination of instruments. A total of 400 hours of observing time and approximately $4 million of funding is available to support these programs.
A complementary call for proposals for “SOFIA Legacy Programs” (SLP) has also been released, soliciting large coherent programs aimed at high-impact science that also have a significant promise of valuable archival data sets. Programs up to 100 hours of observing time are solicited in this category. In addition to observing time, these programs are invited to deliver higher level data products (including supporting data, software and theory). Nominally, two SLP programs are expected to be selected per cycle, with observations carried out over two cycles, and a third year included for completion of the higher-level data processing and analysis. Up to $1 million per cycle is available for support of the SLPs.
The main parts of the Cycle 7 calendar are:
CfP release: June 1, 2018
CfP update: July 16, 2018
Proposal Deadline: September 7, 2018 (9 p.m. PDT)
Selections announced: November 2018
Cycle 7: April 27, 2019 – April 27, 2020
The Call for Proposals documents can be found at https://www.sofia.usra.edu/sites/default/files/Other/Documents/SOFIA_Cy7_CfP.pdf and
Any questions about the Cycle 7 Calls for Proposals can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org