Astronomy for Development Grants

The OAD is mandated to use astronomy to drive positive developmental change. It is tasked with initiating, supporting, and funding programs that use astronomy as a tool to tackle developmental challenges.

Every year, the OAD coordinates a global call for proposals for projects that aim to use astronomy to promote sustainable development. Since 2013, the office has disbursed IAU grants totalling 851,959 Euros to over 150 projects around the world.

It can be difficult to conceptualise how astronomy, an esoteric and specialised science, can contribute to the very immediate and real challenges facing society today. However, below are some of the ways in which past projects have tried to influence the SDGs.

Every year, the OAD receives a great number of high quality proposals that go beyond its funding capacity. Hence, a list of Recommended Projects is compiled and shared publicly for the benefit of potential funders.

The OAD welcomes applications from everybody around the world wishing to carry out programs and projects on astronomy for development. Read more about the Annual Call for Proposals


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