is the Brazilian LLP?
In the past years several Brazilian programs at Gemini
have submitted their proposals repeatedly to the
Brazilian National Telescope Allocation Committee
(NTAC). With the recent changes in the Gemini
partnership that resulted in the increase of the
Brazilian share to 6.5% it opened up the possibility to
also increase the amount of allocation time for
Brazilian projects at Gemini. This brings the
opportunity to allocate larger amount of time for more
ambitious projects that demand either larger or longer
telescope time to achieve their scientific goals. With
this in mind the Brazilian NTAC, during the meeting of
October 25 2012, discussed the necessity of implementing
the Brazilian Large and Long Programs (Brazilian LLPs)
At the same time the Gemini consortium have also decided
to implement the “Large and Long Programs at Gemini -
LLP” (http://www.gemini.edu/node/12096), with the
participating partners being USA, Canada, Australia, and
Argentina. Brazil decided to not participate in the
international LLPs, at least temporarily. Instead,
Brazil has created the Brazilian LLPs at national level.
The reason for this is that there is still a question
whether the Brazilian community would make good use of
its share when participating in the international LLPs.
Therefore, the national LLPs are intended to provide an
evaluation of the competence of the Brazilian community
to participate in such collaborations. The Brazilian
LLPs started to take place in semester 2014A.