Call for Proposals for Official Endorsement for IAU100 Special Projects

The IAU100 Task Force is issuing a call for proposals for Special Projects in support of IAU100 Goals at either a local or national level. An IAU100 Special Project is a highlighted astronomy-oriented activity that supports the IAU100 Goals under one or more of the IAU100 Flasgship Programmes, and will be implemented at a local or national level. The IAU100 Task Force will provide seed money support not exceeding 2500 EUR for IAU100 Special Projects.

Endorsement process

  • The call is open to proposals from anywhere in the world.
  • Proposers must submit an online application documenting the key aspects of their project.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by the IAU100 Task Force.
  • Selected projects will be notified by the IAU100 Secretariat.
  • Grant agreements will be signed between the IAU100 Secretariat and the coordinators of the selected projects.


  • 24 March 2018 - Open Call for proposals issued.
  • 23:59 CEST on 15 June 2018 - Deadline for proposals.
  • 30 September 2018 -  All projects notified and grant agreements sent to successful projects.

Criteria for endorsement of IAU100 Special Projects

  • Clear connection to one or more IAU100 Flagship Programmes.
  • Implementation during 2019.
  • Clear objective to reach defined target audiences.
  • Clear definition of scope on any scale from local to national.
  • Well-defined project plan for development through to deployment.
  • Plausible plan for obtaining adequate support to execute the project, or a clear description of funds already contributed.
  • Anticipated project impact.
  • Anticipated sustainability plan.
  • Proposers are encouraged to link the project goals to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • All distributable project resources, materials, etc. should be released to the public under an appropriate license (e.g. Creative Commons) allowing free use and adaptation.
  • Proposals should be submitted via the online Application Form. All received proposals will be acknowledged by email. However, if you are unable to submit the proposal online for any reason, you may contact us at least a week before the deadline to arrange for an alternative submission method. This includes those with visual or other impairments who may require assistance.
  • Only proposals submitted in English will be considered.
  • Application forms should be complete and received before the deadline.

Grant Amount

The seed money support for IAU100 Special Projects will not exceed 2500 EUR.

Other Considerations

  • Results of the call will be considered final.
  • Exceptional proposals that cannot be financially supported through this call will be endorsed by the IAU100 celebrations and included in a Recommended Projects list to help them secure funding from other sources.


Fill in the entry form available here and submit it before 23:59 CEST on 15 June 2018.


For any enquiries please contact the IAU100 Secretariat at

About IAU100


In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organise a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries, as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme “Under One Sky”.

These celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organisations and societies, policy-makers, students, families and the general public.

The IAU100 activities will take place at global and regional levels, especially at national and local levels. The IAU is preparing a comprehensive programme of flagship initiatives to reach the targeted audiences worldwide through the IAU National Outreach Contact points in over 100 countries.


  1. Increase awareness of progress and excitement in astronomy over the past century, in particular:
    • The importance of collaborative enterprise of astronomy as a whole,
    • The importance of technology development for astronomical progress,
    • The coordinating role of the IAU fostering communication and exchange of ideas for the global astronomical community.
  2. Promote widespread access to astronomy knowledge and observing experiences.
  3. Support and improve use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.
  4. Support and improve an inclusive, equalitarian and diverse astronomy community.
  5. Facilitate the preservation and protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage of dark and quiet skies.
  6. Raise awareness and discuss prospective new exciting developments in the next 100 years of astronomy. 

IAU100 Flagship Programmes

The IAU Flagship Programmes are global programmes on specific themes that will help to achieve the IAU100’s main goals.

1- IAU100 Celebrations: Through the organisation of different high-level events, the IAU100 Years celebrations will bring together high-level representatives, policy-makers and astronomers to discuss the potential of astronomy as a tool for development, education and diplomacy, and raise awareness of the coordinating role of the IAU for the global astronomical community over the past century.

2 - Astronomy and the Sustainable Development Goals: This Flagship programme will focus on highlighting the importance of astronomy for society. As one of the oldest sciences, astronomy is part of every culture’s history and roots and is one of the few scientific fields that appeals directly to society. Astronomy not only transcends borders, but actively promotes collaborations around the world. Thanks to its technological, scientific, and cultural dimensions astronomy is a unique and cost-effective tool for furthering sustainable global development and helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

3 - IAU100 Exhibition: Under this Flagship programme we will produce an exhibition that will showcase major achievements in astronomy in the last century and selected IAU milestones. The goal of this action is to produce an exhibition that could be replicated worldwide through the IAU100 National Committees.

4 - New Worlds: ‘Are we alone?’: The actions of this flagship programme will foster a sense of global citizenship and critical thinking by evaluating our place in the Universe through the organisation of activities related to exoplanets and astrobiology.

5 - 100 Years of General Relativity: Eclipse: The year 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the solar eclipse observations that served as the first successful test of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which fundamentally changed the way we understand gravity and the Universe. This flagship programme will highlight and explain this important milestone by organising commemorative actions, as well as reaching out to larger audiences to raise awareness of the importance of gravity and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity by building up on recent discoveries such as the detections of Gravitational Waves.

6 - Astronomy Natural and Cultural Heritage: This flagship programme will focus on raising awareness that astronomy represents a rich and significant aspect of cultural and natural heritage by organising actions that highlight its importance and preserve it to pass onto future generations. In addition, it will promote the preservation of quiet and dark skies by (i) bringing the issues of natural environment and energy preservation to the attention of decision makers; (ii) organising educational and public engagement activities.

7 - Inclusive Astronomy: One important focus of the IAU100 Years celebrations will be the implementation of actions to support and encourage women and minority scientists and engineers at all career levels, and to promote inclusive, an equitable work environments in astronomy-related careers. In addition, this flagship programme will focus on facilitating access to astronomical resources and careers for people with special educational or physical needs, or those who might be excluded for their particular race or gender, as well as providing access to excellent role models and mentors.

8 - Astronomy for Education: This flagship programme will improve scientific literacy, in particular in the field of astronomy by inspiring and promoting the interest for the subject in young minds as well as training  teachers and educators on the use of new tools and methodologies that enable the development of scientific literacy, autonomous knowledge construction and acquisition of 21st century skills, using astronomy as a trigger.

9 - Star Parties: Through the organisation of sidewalk astronomy events enable as many people as possible, especially children, to look at the sky through a telescope and gain a basic understanding of the Universe.

IAU100 Task Force

The IAU100 Task Force members are:

Piero Benvenuti, IAU General Secretary, Italy
Sze-leung Cheung, IAU International Outreach Coordinator, Hong Kong China/Japan
Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head ESO Education and Public Outreach, Denmark/Germany
Rosaria d’Antonio, IAU Head of Administration, Italy
Ewine van Dishoeck, IAU President-Elect, the Netherlands (Chair)
Jorge Rivero González, IAU100 Coordinator, Spain/the Netherlands
Kevin Govender, IAU OAD Director, South Africa
Maria Teresa Lago, IAU Assistant General Secretary, Portugal
Silvia Torres-Peimbert, IAU President, Mexico
Pedro Russo, Leiden University, Portugal/the Netherlands
Robert Williams, STScI, USA


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