Cycle 8 ALMA Development Studies are reviewed, nominated, and submitted for approval by NRAO and the U.S. National Science Foundation. Four proposals were received in response to the North American ALMA Development Studies Call for Cycle 8 to begin in Fiscal Year 2021. These proposals were reviewed by a panel of seven Study reviewers. The proposals were well-received by reviewers, fit within the budget, and address the strategic goals of North American ALMA Development and the ALMA2030 goals very well. The rankings of the proposals from the review suggested all proposals receive funding consideration. The four most highly-ranked proposals involve ten investigators at four institutions. The set was comprised of two hardware studies and two software studies. Four studies are recommended for funding, requesting a cumulative total of $857,421. In-kind funding provided by the proposing parties provides an additional $913,485. The four programs recommended for funding in Cycle 8 are summarized in an NRAO enews article at https://science.nrao.edu/enews/13.9/
Subsequently ALMA requested a Study of longer baseline arrays and an additional Study was funded.