Funded Projects in 2024

The International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU OAD) has concluded its 12th annual call for proposals and 12 projects have been selected to receive funding in 2024 to use astronomy to further sustainable development. In addition, two multi-year projects will receive their second and third year of funding.

The OAD has also compiled a list of Recommended Projects that were approved by the reviewers but could not be funded by the IAU. Browse the list  of Recommended Projects and contact us for more information.

Project Title Target Countries
Astro-Petroglyphs Mapping Bayan-Ulgii province, Mongolia
Astronomy and Science education in remote Honduras This project targets a remote area of Honduras. This is a pilot project, and our goal is to subsequently expand it to other areas of Honduras and other Central American and Caribbean countries.
Astronomy Videos for Kids in Pakistan Pakistan. We will also add a co-host in India, and that, we hope, will increase the appeal to the sub-continent. We will also include customized English subtitles for non-Urdu/Hindi speakers.
BARCo: Bringing Astronomy to Rural Communities of Colombia. Colombia

Central America & Caribbean Bridge


We’re targeting Central American & Caribbean countries. We have participation from most Central American countries. In the Caribbean, starting with Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic & Jamaica.

Closer to the sky: co-creating astronomical knowledge in the favela complex of Cantagalo Pavão Pavãozinho (PPG) in Rio de Janeiro


The project will target Brazil, with a partner project in India. Collaborators in Argentina, Chile, Italy, UK, with whom we will be sharing activities developed in communities in their own countries.

Elimisha Msichana Elimisha Jamii na Astronomia (Educate a Girl Educate the entire Community with Astronomy)


Kenya and Uganda.
Fostering Socioeconomic Development through STEM Education and Astrotourism in the Tharparkar Desert Pakistan
Internet of Things for Light Pollution Control and Space Science Development Nigeria
Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers 2024 Students from all countries across Africa, in collaboration with other IAU Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU-ROAD).

SciGirls – Empowering girls and female teachers through astronomy in rural areas affected by conflict


Ethiopia, with possible extension to another neighbouring country affected by conflicts in the 2nd and 3rd year
Strengthening the Knua Prátika and Building future astronomers for Lorosa’e land (Timor-Leste) Timor-Leste
Tactile Experience: An Astronomy Development Tool for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Nigeria
Teacher Training Program for Astronomy Education (TTPAE) Palestine