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), Canada, Vietnam, Thailand, or from the universities in the UK that contribute to JCMT funding (see lists and definitions below). 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 and Thailand, astronomers as Vietnam and Thailand now have “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 Organizations**

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

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