IAU OAD Annual Call For Proposals Now Open

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) was established by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) – the largest body of professional astronomers in the world – in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). OAD’s mission is to help further the use of astronomy as a tool for development.

OAD’s Annual Call For Proposals funds projects that use astronomy as a tool to address an issue related to sustainable development. OAD’s development goals are framed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of globally adopted priorities to end poverty, preserve the planet, and promote peace and prosperity for all.

Flagship Themes have been set by OAD that encapsulate the idea of astronomy for development and which have the potential for global roll-out. Flagships are seen as an effective means for achieving significant impact of astronomy for development over a substantial part of the world. The Flagship Themes for the 2020 call are:

Sustainable, local socioeconomic development through astronomy.

Science diplomacy through astronomy: celebrating common humanity.

Knowledge and skills for development.

It is not a requirement that proposed projects align with these Flagship Themes. However, project submissions that relate to the Flagship Themes should be designed in such a way that it can serve as a pilot for the flagship, and OAD can provide additional assistance and guidance in developing such a project.

Any individual or team can apply for funding; there are no nationality or residency restrictions.

There is a budget of approximately €90,000 for the 2020 call. Typically, this will be split across 10-15 projects, and the average amount given is €5,000.

There is a two-stage application process (a brief Stage 1 application followed by an invited full Stage 2 application). The following key dates apply:

Stage 1 application deadline: 31 May 2020

Selected proposals invited to apply for Stage 2: August 2020

Stage 2 application deadline: 15 September 2020

Final results announced: November 2020

Submissions should be made using the online form.

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