JWST Opportunities and Policies

Articles in this section comprise the traditional call for proposals. These articles include information on observing and science policies, and details on the proposal submission process (including checklists). Other sections, that are selectable from the left sidebar menu, provide information on the observatory and instrumentation, observation planning, and data calibration and analysis. Downloadable PDF collections are provided as a courtesy, made available and updated when feasible. The online documentation is the authority, and will be updated with the latest information.

Current JWST Proposal Opportunities and Guides


Past Opportunities

Announcement


Release Notice: January 23 2020

We are pleased to announce the Cycle 1 Call for Proposals for James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observations and funding for archival research programs.

Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

JWST is scheduled for launch March 30, 2021. Science observations for Cycle 1 will commence after a 6 month commissioning phase. We will accept proposals for all instruments: MIRI, NIRCam, NIRSpec, and NIRISS.

We anticipate up to 6000 hours offered for GO programs this cycle. See the JWST Call for Proposals for Cycle 1 for further details.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through 

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Questions can be addressed to the STScI JWST Help Desk (http://jwsthelp.stsci.edu) where you can submit questions directly to the appropriate team of experts.

The Cycle 1 Call for Proposals


The Call for Proposals (CfP) invites the astronomical community to propose for observing time on JWST in a given cycle (nominally one year in duration). It summarizes the policies and procedures for proposing in that cycle of JWST observing, including requests for research funding on archival JWST data. See the JWST Call for Proposals for Cycle 1 for more information.

The James Webb Space Telescope offers proposal opportunities for General Observers (GO) and Archival Proposals (AR), Guaranteed-Time Observers (GTO), and Early Release Science Programs (DD ERS) during Cycle 1. JWST is scheduled for launch on March 30, 2021. Science observations will commence after a 6 month commissioning phase. 

We invite scientists to participate in the first cycle of investigations with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). JWST is operated and managed by AURA's Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Important Dates


Re-release of the Cycle 1 Call for Proposals

January 23 2020

Cycle 1 proposal deadline

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Cycle 1 Budget deadline

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The Time Allocation Committee meeting date will be scheduled for late July/early August 2020. Results will likely be announced in late August 2020.

Science Justification Templates


Templates for JWST Cycle 1 Proposal PDF attachments:

TemplatesLaTeXMicrosoft WordPDF
For all GO, AR, and GO/DD proposals

JWST_sci_template.tex

&

jwstproposaltemplate.sty


JWST_sci_template.doc


JWST_sci_template.pdf 

Note: The templates have intentionally different margins, to accommodate about the same amount of text per page.

Proposers are encouraged to follow the Getting Started Guide in planning and submitting their proposals. Proposers should also be familiar with the policies on data rights, duplications, and other important topics covered in JWST General Science Policies.

JWST General Science Policies


James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) science programs are required to follow STScI and NASA policy regarding requested time allocations, duplicate observations, data rights, and funding. 

Download PDFs


JWST Cycle 1 GO/AR Call for Proposals, [PDF]

JWST Cycle 1 GTO Call for Proposals, 06 Jan 2017 [PDF]

JWST DD Early Release Science Call for Proposals, version 1 [PDF]

JWST DD Early Release Science Call for proposals, version 2 [PDF]