The JCMT is managed by the East Asian Observatory. The telescope is funded by the East Asian Observatory and a select number of institutions in the UK and Canada.
PIs of PI observing proposals to JCMT must be from any of the 4 partner East Asian regions (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea), Vietnam, or from the universities in the UK and Canada that contribute to JCMT funding (see lists and definitions below). As a result of the Canadian contribution to CADC, PIs from any Canadian astronomical institutes are eligible to apply for a separate, smaller share of JCMT observing time. Canadian PIs should select the appropriate affiliation from the dropdown list offered whilst preparing their proposals. PIs from institutes in Canada that are not listed below should select “Canada(national)” as their affiliation. Otherwise, if you do not qualify by national or institutional affiliation as defined below then you cannot be the Principal Investigator on a JCMT observing proposal. Co-I status is not similarly restricted*. For details of how collaborative projects with investigators from more than one participating regions are allocated, please see here.
* note Co-I status is not restricted for PI programs but are restricted for JCMT Large Programs.
Large Program Eligibility
For JCMT Large Programs a Co-I from outside a regional affiliation may not access raw or reduced data (during the proprietary period/prior to publication) but can have access to data products – i.e. source catalogues. Please note that Canadian astronomers can participate in any of the JCMT Large Programs. Finally we warmly welcome Vietnam astronomers as Vietnam now has “observer” status with the JCMT.
For the purpose of applying for observing time with JCMT, the definition of regional affiliation varies amongst the partner nations:
- anyone affiliated with an institute in mainland China – funding for China comes from the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
- anyone affiliated with an institute in Japan – funding for Japan comes from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
- anyone affiliated with an institute in Taiwan – funding from Taiwan comes from the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA)
- anyone affiliated with an institute in South Korea – funding from South Korea comes from the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI)
Contributing UK universities
- Cardiff University
- University of Cambridge
- University of Central Lancashire
- Durham University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Hertfordshire
- University College London
- University of Manchester
- University of Sussex
- Liverpool John Moores University
- The Open University
- University of St. Andrews
- Imperial College London
- University of Exeter
- University of Leicester
- University of Oxford
- University of Nottingham
- Queens University Belfast
Contributing Canadian universities**
- McMaster University
- University of Alberta
- University of Lethbridge
- University of Western Ontario
- Saint Mary’s University
- University of Waterloo
** please note that Canadian astronomers can participate in any of the JCMT Large Programs.