Spitzer Space Telescope Cycle-13 Call For Proposals

February 11, 2016 – On behalf of NASA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech has announced the Cycle-13 Call for Proposals (CP). This is the final CP for the Spitzer mission that will solicit all proposal sizes. 14,000 hours of observations are solicited for execution between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.

The NASA Science Mission Directorate budget currently supports Spitzer operations through September 2016. Both the Astrophysics and the Planetary Science Divisions are supporting Spitzer operations.

The execution of Spitzer Cycle-13 is contingent on the results from the 2016 NASA Astrophysics Senior Review and the allocation of operations funding for FY17-18. An update will be issued to this CP prior to the deadline if necessary.

Major changes in the Cycle-13 call for proposals, compared to previous cycles, are summarized in the Executive Summary of the CP. A new proposal category, Frontier Legacy, is introduced for programs requiring > 2000 hours. All other proposal sizes are also solicited.

Priority in the selection of Cycle-13 will be given to programs that highlight

  • Astro2010 science themes.

  • Planetary science programs observing targets in our Solar System.

  • Investigations that concentrate on developing the scientific landscape that JWST will explore, or will help maximize the JWST scientific return.

  • All programmatic and technical information for Cycle-13 is available electronically from the Proposal Kit section of the Spitzer Science Center website.

    Any questions should be addressed to the Spitzer Helpdesk at help@spitzer.caltech.edu