Call for proposals for ALMA Cycle 5

The pre-announcement for the call for proposals for ALMA Cycle 5 has been issued on the science portal.

Additional information, including, e.g., baseline configurations, availability of Band 5, and the anticipated available observing time vs. LST range for the different antenna configurations can be found here.

The planned timeline for ALMA Cycle 5 is

  • 21 March 2017 
    Release of the ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposals and Observing Tool, and opening of archive for proposal submission

  • 20 April 2017
    Proposal deadline

  • End of July 2017
    Result of the proposal review sent to Proposers

  • 15 September 2017
    Submission of Phase 2 by Proposers

  • October 2017
    Start of ALMA Cycle 5 observations

  • September 2018
    End of Cycle 5 observations

In Cycle 5 ALMA will offer

  • Band 5 observations
  • Full polarisation Band 4 and 5
  • 46% more observing time
  • At least 43 antennas
  • 16 km baselines

Support from the Nordic ARC node

In connection with the call for proposals, the Nordic ARC node will plan activities and provide additional support for users to write and submit outstanding, competitive proposals. Instead of planning large general tutorials, the activities this year will concentrate on providing maximum support on an individual basis.


ALMA Cycle 5 seminars

We will give seminars on ALMA, the Cycle 5 capabilities, and updates to the ALMA OT close to the call for proposals. The seminars will provide an introduction for novice users, and contain important updates also for experienced users. In connection to the seminars, the speakers will be available for discussions and face-to-face support.

March 16, 2017: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway

March 23, 2017: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden

March 24, 2017: Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, Sweden

March 28, 2017: Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku, Finland

March 29, 2017: Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


More activities will be announced closer to the call for proposals.

A summary of the ALMA Cycle 5 key dates and capabilities