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 Forces for 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 on the left or following these links directly (note that the deadline has now passed and proposals can no longer be submitted in this call – next call will be mid-2014):


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

Même si l’anglais est la langue utilisée au bureau d’astronomie pour le développement (OAD), nous mettons volontiers à disposition des traductions des documents d’appel d’offre si vous en avez besoin. Veuillez prendre contact avec Jean-Christophe Mauduit ( si vous avez besoin d’une traduction.

Aunque la OAD trabaja mayoritariamente en inglés, nos ofrecemos a organizar traducciones para la convocatoria de propuestas y documentos relacionados. Para solicitar una traducción, por favor póngase en contacto con Jean-Christophe Mauduit (

Несмотря на то, что рабочим языком для OAD является английский, мы готовы организовать перевод документов, если Вы нуждаетесь в этом. Пожалуйста, свяжитесь с Jean-Christophe Mauduit (,  если Вам необходим перевод документов

虽然英语是OAD的工作语言,但是如果您需要翻译成所需语言的文件,我们将很高兴为您提供翻译服务。如果需要翻译,请用电子邮件与何金华联系 (。

على الرغم من أن اللغة الإنجليزية هي لغة العمل فيOAD، إلا أننا سنكون سعداء
بالقيام بترجمة الدعوة والوثائق إذا كنت في حاجة إليها.
يرجى الاتصال بـ كيفين غوفيندر (Jean-Christophe Mauduit, إذا كنت ترغب في طلب ترجمة.

Embora Inglês seja a língua oficial do OAD, traduções para Português do formulário e das regras podem ser requisitadas. através do email (Jean-Christophe Mauduit)