Office of Astronomy for Development


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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 Technology (DST).

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 150 projects have been funded through the annual Call for ProposalsThe OAD also engages in a number of activities on its own.

The OAD has established 10 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.


Projects funded in 2020

North American Regional
Office Launched

Project Highlights
(2020 version)

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 with keywords in the projects database.



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