IAU Funding

 

Annual Call for Proposals

 

The IAU has always funded several projects related to astronomy-for-development activities.  In the era of the OAD and in implementing the Strategic Plan, the IAU now allocates these funds via the Task Forces.  This ensures a more strategic approach to using astronomy for development with input from experienced international experts.  The funding cycle is an annual one with funding allocations announced in December for the next calendar year in each of the three respective sectors (universities and research, children and schools, and public outreach).  Funds totalling ?90 000 have been provisionally allocated to the Task Forcesfor the 2013 Call for Proposals but final amounts provided to each Task Force will be determined by the IAU Extended Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) and depend on the quality and relevance of the proposals received.

 

Although the spirit of the OAD is to be as flexible and unbureaucratic as possible in order to ensure maximum benefit from the funds available, it is still important for proposers to provide the detail requested by the dates indicated in order for proposals to be assessed fairly and in a timely way.  Projects which are not funded directly by the IAU but which are still ranked highly by the task forces go onto a ?wish list? for which the OAD continues to search for funds throughout the year.

 

Please view the 2013 Calls for Proposals from each of the task forces by clicking on the menu below or following these links directly:

 

?       Call for Proposals 2013 ? TF1: Astronomy for Universities & Research

?       Call for Proposals 2013 ? TF2: Astronomy for Children & Schools

?       Call for Proposals 2013 ? TF3: Astronomy for Public Outreach

 

However,note that the deadline has now passed and proposals can no longer be submitted in this call ? the next call will be mid-2014).

 

2013 Call for Proposals ? Universities & Research (TF1)

 

This call is now closed!

 

Download the PDF version of this call here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

for projects relating to Task Force 1: Astronomy for Universities and Research

to be implemented in the 2014 Calendar Year

 

(1) Introduction

 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) established the global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in order to fulfill the IAU?s 10-year Strategic Plan.  This plan aims to realise the global developmental benefits of astronomy.

 

The OAD is tasked with establishing and strategically coordinating Regional Nodes (ROADs) and Language Expertise Centres (LOADs) across the world as well as three Task Forces(TFs), namely (i) Astronomy for Universities and Research, (ii) Astronomy for Children and Schools, and (iii) Astronomy for the Public.  The bulk of the implementation of projects is to be carried out by volunteers, coordinated by the Task Forces with the support of the OAD.  The OAD will also source funding beyond IAU allocations.

 

Task Force 1 (Universities and Research)is now calling for projects relevant to this area of astronomy for development.  More information about the OAD and its activities can be found at www.astro4dev.org.

 

(2) Call for Proposals

 

The IAU has earmarked a minimum of ?90 000 to support projects and activities related to all three Task Forces.  Task Force 1 (TF1), through the OAD, now issues this open call for proposals to access this funding.  Proposals which are not funded through this process but which are ranked by TF1 to be significantly important will go onto a ?wish list? for which the OAD will continue fundraising efforts.

 

In general proposals should seek to align with the IAU?s 10-year strategic plan, but with specific focus on Astronomy for Universities and Research.  Some examples of possible activities are given here (note that one of the IAU?s flagship programmes, the International School for Young Astronomers, is not included since it has its own separate budget):

 

?       Visiting astronomer programmes or exchange programmes

?       National or regional astronomy schools and workshops: typically 4-5 day duration

?       Astronomy education research equipment and laboratory small grant programme (e.g. computers, laboratory equipment, small teaching telescopes, CCDs, software, spectrographs, etc.)

?       Sabbatical leave visit programme ? travel funds for astronomers to spend their sabbatical in a developing country university (or institute) to provide educational and technical advice

?       Grants for the development and implementation of undergraduate astronomy courses and laboratories in developing countries.(e.g. using distance learning methods, Virtual Observatory and robotic telescopes resources as well as open source text books for astronomy)

?       Technology internships e.g. instrument specialists to visit universities in developing countries

?       University twinning programmes ? develop long term (at least 2 years) links and cooperative programmes between institutes and universities with those in developing host countries

?       Innovative university astronomy education and research programs not listed above (e.g. support or enhance the development of innovative teaching, laboratory and undergraduate research programmes in developing countries).  Fresh ideas for high impact programmes are most welcome.

 

(3) Funding Conditions

 

?       A minimum of ?90 000 has been allocated to all three Task Forces and will be distributed depending on the quality of the proposals

?       Only completed application forms will be considered

?       Projects will only be funded for implementation in the 2014 calendar year.  For multi-annual projects only the budget for the first (or next) year will be approved.  As a consequence, multi-annual projects should have a sustainable deliverable at the end of the first year (to overcome an interruption of the funding).

 

(4) Selection Criteria

 

The following criteria will be considered in the selection of projects:

 

?       Alignment with the goals of IAU?s 10-year strategic plan

?       Quality and relevance of content

?       Innovativeness and creativity of approach

?       Clear timeline indicators

?       Cost effectiveness of the project including a detailed budget

?       Potential to raise funds from other sources

?       Range of stakeholder participation (e.g. partnerships with universities/industry/ government)

?       Degree of impact of the project with potential for sustainability and broader reach (including usefulness to or overlap with other groups of stakeholders, e.g. other Task Forces)

 

(5) Proposal Evaluation

 

The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Task Force and recommendations submitted to the IAU Extended Development Oversight Committee (EDOC).  Allocations will be made based on the TF recommendations.

 

(6) Proposal Requirements

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  All proposals received will be acknowledged by email.  If you are unable to submit your form online for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.

 

Successful projects must be able to provide a bank account through which the funds can be paid.

 

(7) Closing Date

 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 23:59 UTC on August 31st, 2013.

 

All applicants will receive feedback during December 2013 for projects to be implemented in the 2014 calendar year.

 

(8) Enquiries:

 

Please direct enquiries regarding the Call for Proposals by email to [email protected].

 

Alternative contact information:

 

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 460 6297; Fax: +27 (0) 21 447 3639; Postal address: P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa; Physical address: SAAO, Observatory Road, Observatory, 7925, South Africa.

 

(9) Online Application Form

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  If you are unable to submit your form online, for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.  Please note that all proposals received will be acknowledged by an automatically generated email with a pdf attachment containing your submission.  If you do not receive this email please try again or contact us.

 

Please access the online TF1 Application Form here.

 

2013 Call for Proposals ? Children & Schools (TF2)

 

This call is now closed!

 

Download the PDF version of this call here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

for projects relating to Task Force 2: Astronomy for Children and Schools

to be implemented in the 2014 Calendar Year

 

(1) Introduction

 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) established the global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in order to fulfill the IAU?s 10-year strategic plan.  This plan aims to realise the global developmental benefits of astronomy.

 

The OAD is tasked with establishing and strategically coordinating Regional Nodes (ROADs) and Language Expertise Centres (LOADs) across the world as well as three Task Forces, namely (i) Astronomy for Universities and Research, (ii) Astronomy for Children and Schools, and (iii) Astronomy for the Public.  The bulk of the implementation of projects is to be carried out by volunteers, coordinated by the Task Forces with the support of the OAD.  The OAD will source funding beyond available IAU funds.

 

Task Force 2 (Children and Schools)is now calling for projects relevant to this area of astronomy for development.  More information about the OAD and its activities can be found at www.astro4dev.org.

 

(2) Call for Proposals

 

The IAU has earmarked a minimum of ?90 000 to support projects and activities related to all three Task Forces.  Task Force 2, through the OAD, now issues this open call for proposals to access this funding.  Proposals which are not funded through this process but which are ranked by the Task Force to be significantly important will go onto a ?wish list? for which the OAD will continue fundraising efforts.

 

In general proposals should seek to align with the IAU?s 10-year strategic plan, with specific focus on Astronomy for Children and Schools.  Some examples of such activities:

 

?       Teacher Training and development

?       Resource development and vetting

?       Produce guidelines and support for using robotic telescopes for school projects

?       Explore distance learning options applicable to school level education

?       Involve education research community to inform all activities and determine evaluation guidelines and possible accreditation options

?       Establish reference group for curriculum evaluation

?       Support existing networks for education

?       Explore mobile education options

?       Conduct study on the value of astronomy training

?       Any other relevant projects not mentioned here

 

(3) Funding Conditions

 

?       Proposals for projects to be implemented in 2014 are invited in 3 categories:

?       Small projects up to a maximum of ?1000 per proposal.

?       Medium projects up to a maximum of ?5000 per proposal.

?       Large projects up to a maximum of ?10 000.

?       Only completed application forms will be considered.

?       The term of a successful proposal is a maximum of 12 months starting on 1st January 2014.

 

(4) Selection Criteria

 

The following criteria will be considered in the selection of projects:

 

Primary criterion:

I. Degree of impact of the project (Will the project help many children to have a better understanding of or interest in astronomy / science?)

 

?       Alignment with the goals of IAU?s 10 year strategic plan:

?       Raising the level of astronomy development in as many countries as possible, so as to maximize the size of population reached

?       Working to include aspects of astronomy as aids to the primary and secondary education of as many children as possible.

?       Quality and relevance of content.

?       Degree of impact of the project with potential for sustainability.

 

Ancillary criteria:

II. Required

?       Description of how the effectiveness of project will be evaluated.

?       Clear timeline indicators.

?       Cost effectiveness of the project including a detailed budget.

III. Could also be relevant / important

?       Evidence of due diligence in incorporating relevant results/lessons/research from similar/related projects

?       Potential to raise additional funds and/or leverage long term support from sources other than the IAU.

?       Range of stakeholder participation (e.g. partnerships with schools/universities/industry/ government)

?       Potential for sustainability

 

(5) Proposal Evaluation

 

The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Task Force and recommendations will be submitted to the IAU Extended Development Oversight Committee (EDOC).  Allocations will be made by the IAU based on the Task Force recommendations.

 

(6) Proposal Requirements

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  All proposals received will be acknowledged by email.  If you are unable to submit your form online for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.

 

(7) Closing Date

 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 23:59 UTC on August 31st, 2013.

 

All applicants will receive feedback during December 2013 for projects to be implemented in the 2014 calendar year.

 

(8) Enquiries:

 

Please direct enquiries regarding the Call for Proposals by email to [email protected].

 

Alternative contact information:

 

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 460 6297; Fax: +27 (0) 21 447 3639; Postal address: P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa; Physical address: SAAO, Observatory Road, Observatory, 7925, South Africa.

 

(9) Online Application Form

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  If you are unable to submit your form online for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.  Please note that all proposals received will be acknowledged by an automatically generated email with a pdf attachment containing your submission.  If you do not receive this email please try again or contact us.

 

Please access the online TF2 Application Form here.

 

2013 Call for Proposals ? Public (TF3)

 

This call is now closed!

 

Download the PDF version of this call here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

for projects relating to Task Force 3: Astronomy for the Public

to be implemented in the 2014 Calendar Year

 

(1) Introduction

 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) established the global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in order to fulfil the IAU?s 10-year Strategic Plan.  This plan aims to realise the global developmental benefits of astronomy.  The OAD is tasked with establishing and strategically coordinating Regional Nodes (ROADs) and Language Expertise Centres (LOADs) across the world as well as three Task Forces(TFs), namely (i) Astronomy for Universities and Research, (ii) Astronomy for Children and Schools, and (iii) Astronomy for the Public.  The bulk of the implementation of projects is to be carried out by volunteers, coordinated by the Task Forces with the support of the OAD.  The OAD will also source funding beyond IAU allocations.

 

Task Force 3 (Astronomy for the Public)is now calling for projects relevant to this area of astronomy for development.  More information about the OAD and its activities can be found at www.astro4dev.org.

 

(2) Call for Proposals

 

The IAU has earmarked a minimum of ?90 000 to support projects and activities related to all three Task Forces.  Task Force 3 (TF3), through the OAD, now issues this open call for proposals to access this funding.  Proposals which are not funded through this process but which are ranked by TF3 to be significantly important will go onto a ?wish list? for which the OAD will continue fundraising efforts.

 

In general proposals should seek to align with the IAU?s 10 year strategic plan, with specific focus on Astronomy for the Public.  Some examples of such activities are:

 

?       Journalist/blogger/communicator and amateur training

?       Citizen science projects

?       Develop/Identify models for good outreach activities (adapt successful projects)

?       Vetting of amateur astronomers

?       Guidelines on using Traditional/Cultural astronomy for outreach and addressing false beliefs such as the Mayan ?end of the world? misconception

?       Establish evolving list of existing celebrations

?       Astro-tourism activities

?       Astrophotography

?       Outreach awards

?       Mobile planetaria

?       Conduct study (with partners) on economic impact of astronomy

?       Establish evaluation guidelines e.g. build on IYA2009; FETTU experiences

?       Volunteer peer-review of public-level resources (Writers of popular astronomy resources can volunteer to submit their resources for peer review and get an IAU seal of approval.  Editorial board to be set up by TF3)

?       Creation of images and multimedia resources for OAD activities (Use our volunteers? skills to reinforce IAU OAD resources when needed)

?       Stargazing events and telescope making workshops and similar activities ? astronomy festivals.

?       Any other relevant project which may not be mentioned here

 

(3) Funding Conditions

 

?       A minimum of ?90 000 has been allocated to all three Task Forces and will be distributed depending on the quality of the proposals

?       Only completed application forms will be considered

?       Projects will only be funded for implementation in the 2014 calendar year.  For multi-annual projects only the budget for the first (or next) year will be approved.  As a consequence, multi-annual projects should have a sustainable deliverable at the end of the first year (to overcome an interruption of the funding).

?       We invite proposals for projects with a budget of around ?1000 ? ?5000 (some flexibility is allowed)

 

(4) Selection Criteria

 

The following criteria will be considered in the selection of projects:

 

?       Alignment with the goals of IAU?s 10 year strategic plan

?       Quality and relevance of content

?       Innovativeness and creativity of approach

?       Clear timeline indicators

?       Cost effectiveness of the project including a detailed budget

?       Potential to raise funds from other sources

?       Range of stakeholder participation (e.g. partnerships with universities/industry/ government)

?       Degree of impact of the project with potential for sustainability and broader reach (including usefulness to or overlap with other groups of stakeholders, e.g. other Task Forces)

 

(5) Proposal Evaluation

 

The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Task Force and recommendations submitted to the IAU Extended Development Oversight Committee (EDOC).  Allocations will be made based on the Task Force recommendations.

 

(6) Proposal Requirements

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  All proposals received will be acknowledged by email.  If you are unable to submit your form online for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.

 

(7) Closing Date

 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 23:59 UTC on August 31st, 2013.

 

All applicants will receive feedback during December 2013 for projects to be implemented in the 2014 calendar year.

 

(8) Enquiries

 

Please direct enquiries regarding the Call for Proposal by email to [email protected].

Alternative contact information:

 

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 460 6297; Fax: +27 (0) 21 447 3639; Postal address: P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa; Physical address: SAAO, Observatory Road, Observatory, 7925, South Africa.

 

(9) Online Application Form

 

Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form.  If you are unable to submit your form online for any reason, please contact usto arrange for an alternative submission method.  Please note that all proposals received will be acknowledged by an automatically generated email with a pdf attachment containing your submission.  If you do not receive this email please try again or contact us.

 

Please access the online TF3 Application Form here. 


Although English is the working language of th e OAD, we will be happy to arrange translations of the call and documents if you need it. Please contact Jean-Christophe Mauduit ([email protected]) if you would like to request a translation.