An Early Release Science Program for JWST - Gauging Community Interests
**Survey Closes Friday, 2016 January 15**

The scheduled October 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is steadily approaching, and the first Call for Proposals will be released in 2017. The Space Telescope Science Institute, following the recommendations of the JWST Advisory Committee (http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/advisory-committee/JSTAC-Recommendations_ERS_CF.pdf), is now defining the parameters for an Early Release Science (ERS) program. The primary objective of the ERS program is to furnish open access to a broad suite of JW science observations as early as possible in Cycle 1 to inform the preparation of Cycle 2 proposals, seed initial discovery, and build community experience with JWST. ERS will provide the first opportunity for the community at-large to propose for science observations with JWST, and programs will be selected to span key observing modes, technical challenges, and science areas. JWST offers 14 distinct imaging, coronagraphic, and spectroscopic observing modes from the optical to the mid-infrared (0.6 - 28.3 microns). Approximately 500 hours of director's discretionary time will be made available. Your input through this brief survey will be used to inform our preparations for the program.

The survey consists of four pages which should take 10-15 minutes to complete. The first three pages are designed to query users about their background and familiarity with JWST capabilities. More information on the general framework and timeline for the ERS program and questions to gauge community interest in the program follow on the last page. This information is also provided at: http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science/ers

The survey will be open from October 10, 2015 through January 15, 2016. Participation at your earliest convenience would be greatly appreciated -- through the survey period, the general demographics of respondents will be examined, and we will reach out to various segments of the community as needed to facilitate broad participation.

Questions and comments are welcome at jwst_ers@stsci.edu. Interested parties may also contact the following STScI science staff members:

Janice C. Lee
I. Neill Reid
Jason Kalirai
Jennifer Lotz
Amaya Moro-Martin

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