Office of Astronomy for Development



Results of the Annual Call for Proposals

Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers (Nature comment)

Astrostays: Community-driven Astrotourism Model (video)

OAD Annual Report 2019-20 Published

Results of Extraordinary Call for COVID-19 related Proposals

Astro4Dev COVID Resources


The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

The mission of the OAD is to help further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. This is primarily implemented through funding and coordinating projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address issues related to sustainable development. Since 2013, more than 200 projects have been funded through the annual Call for Proposals

The OAD has established 11 Regional Offices and Language Centres around the world who share the OAD vision but focus their activities within a geographic or cultural or language region. 

For more on how astronomy can influence development, read our Projects Booklet and the Coffee table book.

Browse the interactive map for all IAU-OAD funded projects to date (from 2013 – 2020). Click on the blue markers for more information on a project Or Search the list of Funded Projects.



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