e-MERLIN / VLBI National Radio Astronomy Facility


Observing with e-MERLIN

e-MERLIN is open to proposals from the international astronomical community on the basis of scientific merit alone. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the PATT e-MERLIN Time allocation Committee. During the first 5 semesters of e-MERLIN operations ~50% of observing time has been allocated to 12 large legacy projects and most of the remaining time will be allocated via PATT to standard proposals solicited prior to each observing semester


Deadline : Midnight (23:59 GMT) 15th April 2014

For questions regarding technical capabilities and opportunities for cycle-1 observations please email, emerlin [at] jb.man.ac.uk.

Transnational access support via RadioNet

e-MERLIN is a RadioNet Trans-National Access activity and acknowledges support from the European Commission's Seventh Framework programme under RadioNet.

Proposal process:

e-MERLIN cycle-2 proposals must be submitted via the Northstar Proposal Tool. e-MERLIN NorthStar web-based proposals submission tool. To submit an application for time, go to the NorthStar website (register as a new user if necessary) and follow the instructions given in the help file that you will find on the welcome page.


The proposal tool will be open for proposal submissions from 20th March 2014.

Submitted proposals will be subject to peer review via a PATT e-MERLIN Time Allocation Committee (Phase 1). Successful proposals will then be subject to a second pass in which full observing details will be verified (Phase 2). By default e-MERLIN observations are dynamically scheduled by the operations team. Following the completion of the scheduled observations, users are encouraged to visit the e-MERLIN Visitors Suite at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester) where full face-to-face support is available to assist with all aspects of data processing.