The TESS Guest Investigator (GI) Program will support the Astronomical Community in carrying out a wide range of scientific investigations using TESS data. The GI Program will: solicit proposals for new investigations using 2-minute cadence data on ~10K GI science targets per Cycle and 30-minute cadence full-frame image data. The TESS GI Program will start concurrently with the beginning of TESS Science Operations and will operate for the duration of the primary mission. The TESS data have no proprietary period.
The TESS GI Program call for proposals will be released as part of the upcoming NASA ROSES Grant Solicitation. TESS will use a 2-Phase proposal process, in which science proposals and target lists will be submitted via the Remote Proposal System (RPS). Successful PI's will be invited to submit budgets through NSPIRES. The total funds available to PI's at US institutions: ~$2.5M per Cycle.
The TESS GI Program is lead by Padi Boyd at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The TESS GI Program Website will contain detailed information about the GI program, including how to propose, and tools to help plan proposals and generate target lists.