In-Kind Program

Welcome to the Rubin LSST In-kind Program!


What is the Rubin LSST In-kind Program?

43 teams outside the US and Chile are making in-kind contributions to Rubin Observatory and LSST Science in return for LSST data rights. The International Data Rights Holder list is linked here. Find out more about this large international collaboration below and at the links in the sidebar. 

In additon, we have compiled an extensive list of In-kind Program FAQs here and you can also browse the LSST community forum using the in-kind tag:

The In-kind Program spans many varied contributions providing resources and support to Rubin Operations and the Rubin Science Community. The Rubin LSST Science Collaborations support the CEC and In-kind Program Coordination (IPC) teams in management of the In-kind contributions with their scientific expertise.

The in-kind program is managed collectively by the international programs' Program Managers (PMs), facilitated by the Rubin In-kind Program Coordination (IPC) Team which reports to the Rubin Director and Deputy Director of Operations.



Who are the Rubin In-Kind Program Coordinators?

The Rubin In-kind Program Coordination (IPC) Team coordinates in-kind contributions to Rubin and the LSST Science community. The IPCs each have responsibilities over individual contributions (as "Contribution IPCs") as well as for overall programs (i.e. the set of contributions from a country, institute, or consortium, as "Program IPC"). See the Programs page for a live view of the current set of in-kind programs and contributions.

Name (affiliation)


Agnès Ferté (SLAC)

Software contributions

Greg Madejski (SLAC)

Software contributions, Community Engaagement Team Liaison

Steve Margheim (NOIRLab)

Telescope time and dataset contributions

Phil Marshall (SLAC)

Contributions to Rubin, including Commissioning (Deputy Director of Operations)

Knut Olsen (NOIRLab)

Independent Data Access Centers & other computing resources

Stephen Ridgway (NOIRLab)

Telescope time and datasets contributions, NOIRLab CSDC Liaison

Aprajita Verma (Oxford)

Software contributions (IPC Team Leader)

Heather M. Shaughnessy (SLAC)

Data rights holder database management, office hours coordination (Program Operations support)



Email JIKH at lsst dot org to reach the Rubin In-kind Program Coordination (IPC) Team, or ask a question in public on the LSST Community forum at




Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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