OAD Annual Call for Proposals 2020: Stage 2

2020 Call for Proposals CLOSED
Evaluations Under Progress

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Although the OAD is a global office, English is the official working language of the OAD. We request that all applications be submitted in English. The OAD can provide translation assistance through its Language Centers and its global network of volunteers. If you need assistance with translations, please contact us at projects@astro4dev.org at least 2 weeks before the application deadline. 

This call for proposals is for projects to be implemented in 2021. The Covid-19 global pandemic will likely continue to affect all of us for at least the next few months and maybe longer. Please bear this in mind when proposing your project, and build in mitigation strategies should travel and social contact be restricted still in 2021.

Welcome to Stage 2 of the OAD Call for Proposals 2020. Please note that only selected proposals are invited to Stage 2. If your proposal was selected for Stage 2, you will receive an email with information to access the Stage 2 application. 

Stage 1 of the call is now closed. Information on Stage 1 with links to background information on the call


Before you apply, please visit the “Getting Started” section that provides the background on Astronomy for Development, resources and links to assist you with project design, monitoring, evidence and evaluation etc. You can take the free online course on Astronomy for Development designed to provide a helping hand to anyone who intends to submit a proposal. We have also published a short course on ‘’Introduction to Development Economics’’ for those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding.

You can also search through the past projects funded by the OAD to learn about the work done around the world, to check if your idea has been tried by anyone before, and to find resources developed by other projects which could potentially be used for your project. 



Selected proposals are now invited to submit a more comprehensive Stage 2 application, incorporating the feedback received in Stage 1. The OAD and the Regional Offices will engage with the proposers over email, assess the draft proposal and assist in revising the proposal.

The Regional Offices and Language Expertise Centers (ROADs/LOADs) will be able to suggest ways of improving a proposal to be locally relevant, thus ensuring support from possible local collaborators who could strengthen the project. The OAD, alongside the ROADs/LOADs, will provide feedback on the Stage 2 draft proposals, helping it align with the vision of astronomy for development. Proposals that do not fall under a relevant regional office or a language center will work with the OAD. External experts, where necessary, would provide useful additional guidance on the assessment of projects, including a perspective on which projects are most likely to make an impact on development.

Based on the discussions with OAD and the Regional Offices, proposers modify Stage 2 application and submit online by the final deadline. The independent panel of reviewers then score these modified Stage 2 proposals and make the final recommendations on the projects to be funded and the funding amounts for each project. Upon approval by the OAD Steering Committee, all applicants are notified of the results.

Proposers who submitted in the category of the Flagship Themes are expected to develop, together with the OAD, a pilot project in Stage 2, ready for implementation in 2021. 



Selection Criterion Corresponding questions on application (guideline only – information relating to a particular criterion may come from other questions also) Scoring
1. Clear description of the problem and Level of need for proposed activities in the region/project location 5. Which countries will your project target? 



6. In which languages will your project be delivered and/or written?

7 b. Project Summary

8 a.  Choose the primary target audience for your project 

8 b. Describe your target audience 

10. Please describe the challenge your project aims to address and explain how this challenge is related to developmental gap(s) in the target region

Based on their description, how relevant is this challenge or problem in terms of needs in the target location? (1-10)
2. Feasibility of the project (i.e. what are the chances that this project will be successfully completed?) 9. Team Credentials13. Deliverables 



15. Describe potential risks and how you will address these

15 b. Specifically, how will you address risks that may arise due to the COVID-19 global pandemic such as travel restrictions and limited physical contact?

17. Project Schedule

18. Budget

Is the project plan feasible? And if yes, what are the chances that this project will actually make a positive impact in addressing that challenge/ problem?   (1-10)
3. Likelihood that the project will make a positive impact in addressing the problem/challenge 7 b. Project Summary11 a. Does your project respond to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals? 



11 b. Please explain how your project will use Astronomy to respond to each of the SDGs selected

12 a. What are the intended outcomes of your project ?

12 b. How will you measure these outcomes ?

13. Deliverables

4. Innovation and creativity, improving on what has been shown to work 14. How does your project innovate and/or build on lessons/experiences learned from others? Has this project come up with some interesting new ideas or built upon existing ideas in a constructive way? (score low if they are simply reinventing) (1-10)
5. Link to Flagship themes;
Replicability (can the project be repeated by others?) and Scalability (does the project have potential to be expanded across the world?)
7 a. Will your proposal be a pilot project for the below OAD Flagship Theme(s)? 



7 b. Project Summary

13. Deliverables

17. Project Schedule

18. Budget

Does this project fit under a Flagship theme with potential for serving as a pilot? 



Can this project be expanded upon, either by repeating it or by increasing size of the target audience? (1-10)

6. Consideration of potential risks (e.g. safety and security, financial, unintended consequences on target audience, etc.) 15. Describe potential risks and how will you address these? 



15 b. Specifically, how will you address risks that may arise due to the COVID-19 global pandemic such as travel restrictions and limited physical contact? 

Has the project considered all potential risks and addressed them accordingly? (1-10)
7. Appropriate consideration of diversity (e.g. gender, (dis)abilities, culture, etc.) 8 b. Describe  your target audience16. Please explain how audience Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility have been considered in your proposal Has this project given sufficient consideration to issues of diversity and inclusion wherever possible? (1-10)
8. Cost-effectiveness (i.e. amount of positive results expected from total project cost) and sustainability 12 a. What are the intended outcomes of your project13. Deliverables 



18. Budget

For the amount requested do we get value for money in terms of what they aim to achieve and is the project sustainable? (also consider whether IAU funds are leveraging other funds) (1-10)
9.  Importance of IAU funding for leveraging funding from other sources. 18 e. Please describe how and if the IAU funds will help you acquire other external funding
10. Input from the OAD and the ROADs/LOADs Comments from the OAD and the Regional Offices based on interaction with the proposers during Stage 2 What is the feedback from the OAD and Regional Offices? (1-10 )



The timeline below will be followed for Stage 2 of the 2020 call:

August 4

Selected proposals invited for Stage 2

rest of August

OAD and Regional Offices work with proposers to review/revise proposal, in consultation with external experts where relevant.

September 07

Last date for any consultation with the OAD and Regional Offices

September 15

Deadline for Stage 2 applications

September 16 – October 31

Evaluation by reviewers


mid November 

Results announced

mid December

Grant agreements sent to successful projects

January – February 2021

Funds transferred to projects

July 2021

Mid year reports due

January – February 2022

Final reports due



If your project is funded by the OAD, you are required to submit a final report (via an online form) at the end of the project along with any materials, resources that you may have produced for the project. Regular updates are also highly recommended during project implementation. Projects are typically implemented between January-February (when funding is received) and the first quarter of the next calendar year. More information on reporting guidelines and conditions of the grant will be provided at the time of selection.



Applications will be accepted as long as it is September 15 somewhere in the world.

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 us at projects@astro4dev.org 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 projects@astro4dev.org 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 projects@astro4dev.org.

Несмотря на то, что рабочим языком для OAD является английский, мы готовы организовать перевод документов, если Вы нуждаетесь в этом. Пожалуйста, свяжитесь с projects@astro4dev.org,  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 (projects@astro4dev.org)。

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 projects@astro4dev.org 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 projects@astro4dev.org