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The Preparatory Phase for the Cherenkov Telescope Array
(CTA-PP)

Objective

The Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA will be the first open facility for gamma-ray astronomy in the
very-high-energy domain, with a performance which is dramatically improved over existing instruments in terms of sensitivity, energy coverage, survey capability and flexibility. CTA will probe non-thermal phenomena in the Universe – known to have comparable energy content to other forms of energy such as thermal radiation – both in our own Galaxy and at cosmological distances, addressing questions in astrophysics, astroparticle physics, particle physics, plasma physics, cosmology, and fundamental physics.
The CTA preparatory phase – CTA-PP – will address a number of crucial prerequisites for the approval, construction and operation of CTA:
> the set-up of a Project Office offering means for electronic communication as well as data storage and handling for documents of the whole consortium
> the legal framework, governance schemes, and financial regulations for the following phases of CTA (pre-construction, construction and operation)
> assuring funding for the pre-construction phase after termination of CTA-PP
> the preparation of funding agreements between potential funding agencies
> the preparation of negotiations with potential host countries for the CTA instrument
> the detailed technical design and costing of the CTA observatory
> the selection of sites for deployment negotiations, and detailing and cost-estimation of the required site infrastructure
> the schemes for procurement and industry involvement in the technical design and construction of CTA
> the required linking with relevant science communities regarding the detailed definition of the science program, the corresponding final optimisation of the observatory layout, and the definition of user services and data access.
For CTA-PP, support is sought primarily for work on the legal, governance and financial issues, for the installation of a project office coordinating and supporting management of CTA-PP as well as the design of CTA and the planning of the implementation, and for studies regarding the optimisation and production of CTA components by industry. The ultimate delivery of CTA-PP will be a detailed implementation plan for the CTA infrastructure.

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
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Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 028 065,72
Administrative Contact
Werner Hofmann (Prof.)

Participants (18)

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 072 895,99
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Wagner (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 481 500
Address
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ute Krell (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 575 763,73
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eliane Perret (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 374 545,68
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Judas (Ms.)
INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE ALTAS ENERGIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 491 198,39
Address
Campus De Bellaterra - Universidad Autonoma De Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Manel Martinez (Prof.)
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Poland
EU contribution
€ 345 600
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michal Ostrowski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 256 644,34
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 415 794,89
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Scaffidi Abbate (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesca Soramel (Prof.)
University of Zurich
Switzerland
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ueli Straumann (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
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Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Olaf Reimer (Prof.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eliisa Särkilahti (Dr.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eilert Stensson (Mr.)
COMISION NACIONAL DE ENERGIA ATOMICA
Argentina
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Avda. Del Libertador 8250
1429 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Etchegoyen (Prof.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION THEUNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
Japan
Address
Hongo Bunkyo Ku 7 3 1
113 8656 Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomonori Totani (Dr.)
NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT
South Africa
Address
Hoffman Street 11
2531 Potchefstroom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Markus Böttcher (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA
Namibia
Address
Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue 340
9000 Windhoek
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riaan Steenkamp (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 767,26
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nickie Ketcher (Ms.)