The OTAC encourages all proposers to be as concise as possible in their proposals. Use of graphical material (figures, diagrams, examples of data, etc.) is encouraged whenever it helps the OTAC to draw conclusions on the scientific merit of the proposal. The scientific justification must be prepared as a single PDF file. The size of the (uncompressed) PDF file should not exceed 10 M byte. In total four pages are allowed for the scientific justification of all programmes but Large and Very Large programmes, including all accompanying material, like the graphical material, a section on the feasibility of the proposed observations (Section 5.6.2), tables, references, previous work and publications. In total five pages are allowed for the scientific justification of Large Programmes and Very Large Programmes (Section 5.3.1 and 5.3.2), including all accompanying material. Scientific justifications files whose length exceeds the allowed limit will be cut by the SOC such that only the specified number of pages will be available to OTAC. The minimum allowed font size is 11 pt. Non-compliance with these instructions may lead to the rejection of the proposal. The usage of the SOC provided LaTex template to write the scientific justification is strongly recommended.
The RPS on-line help gives further details on how to send the scientific justification (PDF file) during proposal submission.