EAO Eligibility/Funding partners

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.

PI Eligibility

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:




South Korea

Contributing UK universities

Contributing Canadian universities**

** please note that Canadian astronomers can participate in any of the JCMT Large Programs.

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