Pranusanguni - San Basilio (Cagliari) Italy


How to submit a proposal

INAF is currently accepting proposals for an Early Science Program of the SRT. Details are described in the Call for Proposals reported below in this page.

Deadline for proposals is 14 January 2016 at 17:00 (Italy Local Time, equivalent to 16:00 UTC).

Proposals require two components:   

  1. A cover page in PDF format.
  2. A scientific justification in PDF format. The scientific justification including the information required in the call can be a maximum of three pages (two for text and one for figures and tables),  A4 page size, minimum font 11 pt.

The proposal form is contained in the following latex package: proposal form

Proposals can be submitted at the page: (SUBMISSION CLOSED)
For information about this call please email:  srt-usersupport AT

Early Science Project selection panel

The ESP selection panel members are the officer in charge and the three co-project scientists:

  • Ettore Carretti (chair)
  • Isabella Prandoni
  • Andrea Tarchi
  • Matteo Murgia



The Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) is progressing significantly both  in its commissioning for the first set of observing modes and the development of the Operations procedures. At the current stage the  telescope can start the scientific production with users expert of the SRT able to effectively address the little hiccups typical of any new  facility on its way to open to Operations.

To such an aim it has been decided to carry out an Early Science Program with a small number of large projects (a few hundreds hours) to be conducted in the first half of 2016 before to start with calls open to the astronomical community at large. The goal is two-folded: to start the scientific production with projects of high scientific profile able to return significant results and give visibility to the telescope and the science it can deliver;to test the system with a heavy use and improve the reliability of the Operations fixing the bugs that only a intensive use can raise up.

This is a call for proposals for an SRT Early Science Program (ESP) to be conducted in the period 1 February to 31 May 2016. It is anticipated that an extension up to 31 July  might be possible, depending on when planned maintenance activity will start.

We accept proposals with the following requirements:

  1. The project is opened to the INAF community (staff, associates, students, post-docs).    This does not prevent non-INAF collaborators to be included as co-proposers if their contribution is essential to the project (e.g. data analysis or interpretation),  but the core of the team has to be internal to INAF.
  2. High scientific profile.
  3. Shared risk.
  4. At least three co-proposers must be expert users of the SRT. They will be    the contact point of the project with the Operations team, in charge of training their co-proposers to observe with the SRT, and the primary point of contact in case of failures during the observations (fixing issues or, when not able, in charge of contacting the Operations team for support).
  5. Only large projects will be accepted (of the order of a few hundreds hours). This is to minimise the fraction of time loss for configuration and observing mode setup, that can occur easily in the early stages of projects at new facilities. The amount of time requested must be scientifically motivated and not just the excuse to get the project approved.
  6. A commitment to publish papers with the results of these observations by end of 2016 must be taken in the proposal. A broad plan for the publication of results must we  included in the proposal detailing how many papers might be expected, on what topics, on what timescale. Preference will be given to projects that can produce publications in the short term (by the end of 2016);
  7. The proposals will also be reviewed against the capability to carry out the project. Role and tasks of each co-proposer have to be broadly detailed (observations, data reduction, data analysis and interpretation). Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate to posses the resources to conduct the observations and carry out analysis and publish results in a short time scale.

We will select only a small number of projects for the ESP, to allow the Operations team to offer a better service focusing only on a small number of configurations and observing modes.

The systems offered for the ESP are as follows:


  • a L-P band co-axial receiver (305-410 MHz, 1300-1800 MHz)
  • a C-band receiver (5.7-7.7 GHz)
  • a 7-beam K-band array (18-26 GHz)

Backends :

  •  DFB3 for pulsar observing modes, either folding and search modes. Single beam, full Stokes.
  • SARDARA, a ROACH2-based digital backend for continuum, spectro-polarimetric, and spectroscopic observing modes. Broadest band offered is 1500 MHz with up to 16384 channels. Single beam, full Stokes (it is planned to serve all 7 beams in the near future).
  • XARCOS, a 7-beam spectroscopic digital backends, BW up to 62.5 MHz, resolution down to 0.24 kHz (with 0.5 MHz BW). Full Stokes. It can also be used with single-beam receivers.
  • Total Power, a 7-beam analogue single-band Total Intensity backend. A selection of BWs is available. It can also be used with single-beam receivers.

Please refer to the following link for more detailed information on receivers and backend configurations offered for this call:
DEADLINE for submitting proposals is
 14 JANUARY 2016 at 17:00 (Italy Local Time)

Refer to the following link on how to submit a proposal:

The scientific justification can be maximum three pages (two pages for text, one for  figures and tables), page size A4, minimum font size 11 pt.

The proposals will be selected by the ESP Selection Panel based on the criteria discussed  above and the scientific merit. The TAC of the Italian radio telescope will support the  Panel providing scientific assessment of the proposals.

Ettore Carretti (SRT Officer-in-Charge)
Grazia Umana (ORA acting Director)