Fizeau exchange visitors program - Call for applications

Dear colleagues!

The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific, and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff), with priority given to PhD students and young postdocs. Non-EU-based missions will only be funded if considered essential by the Fizeau Committee.

From January 2021 onwards, applications to travel to VLTI Expertise Centres have priority, given the new financial rules applying to the programme. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek also partial support from their home or host institutions.

The deadline for applications is May 15 for visits to be carried out between mid-July 2021 and December 2021!

Note: the next call will be issued in November 2021!

Further information and application forms can be found at

The program is funded by OPTICON/H2020.

Please distribute this message also to potentially interested colleagues outside of your community!

Looking forward to your applications,

Josef Hron & Péter Ábrahám

(for the European Interferometry Initiative)

The CARMA-NRO Orion Survey—Data Release

The CARMA-NRO Orion Survey data first presented in Kong et al., enhanced with additional coverage of the L1641-C region to the south of the integral-shaped filament, is available online.

The data includes position–position–velocity cubes for the molecular lines 12CO(1–0), 13CO(1–0), and C18O(1–0). The mapped region spans about 2.5 deg along the Orion A cloud in the north-south direction, providing an unprecedented overview of the extended molecular gas in this benchmark cloud.

Kong et al. and this research note should be cited when using these data.

Funding Available for SOFIA Archival Research

SOFIA is pleased to invite proposals for the SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP), aimed at encouraging the use of SOFIA archival observations for impactful science. This program funds archival research projects primarily using SOFIA data in the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) and is open to all astronomers affiliated with a U.S. institution.

Two distinct types of proposals for the archival research program are solicited:

  • Regular Proposals - Large programs requesting up to $150,000 per year, or more in exceptional cases, and lasting up to two years

  • Small Proposals - Targeted programs requesting up to $50,000 and lasting for one year This call is open to all U.S. institutions.

Proposals are due February 12, 2021. Learn more here.

This program complements the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) under the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) solicitation.

The SFN is moving from Hawaii to Vienna

Over the next months, the SFN will move from Hawaii to Vienna. Over the transition period, that will take the SFN from PDF based to web based, some things will likely break. If you find problems, incorrect or missing information, or have suggestions on how to improve the SFN web, don't hesitate to send me a message.