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Fourth Call for PROBA2 Guest Investigators

The dealine for GI proposals has been extended to September 6, 2013.

The PROBA2 PI-team welcomes research proposals for the fourth round of its Guest Investigator program for research based on SWAP and LYRA data analysis, by scientists outside the SWAP and LYRA PI-teams. We encourage in particular young post-docs and PhD students to apply, although more senior guest investigator's proposals are welcome also. In this round we anticipate funding for around six guest investigators who will visit the the PROBA2 Science Center at the Royal Observatory of Belgium between October 2013 and May 2014.

Selected proposers will be invited to spend from a few weeks to a few months with the PI teams to obtain expert knowledge on the instruments, to participate in the daily commanding of the SWAP and LYRA instruments according to the needs of their data analysis proposal, and to conduct their research. Two separate visits to the Science Center are possible, such that the first visit can be devoted to the preparation of the research and the second one to the finalization of the work. The ultimate goal for every GI visit is to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Guest investigators may be reimbursed for travel, accommodation and living expenses up to a maximum of 5000 euro.  Limited support to present the results at an international conference (during the visit at P2SC) can also be considered.

Proposals must be received by September 6, 2013, and should include:

  • a short CV of the candidate guest investigator

  • a max 2 page description of the proposed research including a description of the required SWAP and LYRA data. Information on the possibilities of the SWAP and LYRA instruments can be found on this website or by asking the PI teams

  • at least 1 publication authored by the candidate guest investigator related to the proposed research

  • a short motivation for the requested financial support as well as a motivation and timeframe of an eventual visit to the SWAP and LYRA PI-teams

  • in case the candidate guest investigator is a PhD-student, a recommendation letter from the thesis supervisor is also requested

Proposals should be sent in PDF format to swap_lyra AT (Questions about the program or application process can be sent to the same address.)

The submitted proposals will be selected by a subcommittee of the PROBA2 Science Working Team. Priority will be given to research proposals that build upon the characteristics that make the SWAP and LYRA data unique. Prospective Guest Investigators may find inspiration on this list of unanswered research questions that might be addressed using PROBA2 data, but proposals are not restricted to the topics on the list.

Each selected Guest Investigator will be asked to write a small report on their activities following their stay.