In 2020 the world has experienced an unprecedented global challenge in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects have been significant, impacting on people, health systems, economies, food security, education, mobility, etc. In recognition of the seriousness of this situation, and the urgency for action, the OAD hereby releases an extraordinary, fast-tracked call for proposals for projects (or partnerships) that in some way use astronomy, in any of its aspects (including skills, methodologies, tools, infrastructure, inspiration or even just networks of astronomers/enthusiasts themselves) to help mitigate some of the negative effects of the pandemic.
Principle of this extraordinary call: The OAD should respond to the challenges of the pandemic by using its experience to rapidly identify and select innovative, timely, high impact projects or partnerships through a fast-tracked call process.
Eligibility and Accountability: Anyone can apply, although the spirit and principles of the OAD’s usual annual call for proposals will be maintained, especially the need to work with partners/experts in the field, and the need for successful applicants to provide any reports requested in order to fully account for funds awarded.
Selection: Selection panel will consist of both OAD team members and external reviewers, who will apply the spirit and principles of the OAD’s usual annual call for proposals to make rapid selections. Proposers may be contacted/interviewed for clarifications or suggested changes before a final decision is made. All applicants will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of the deadline.
Grant Value: Up to 20,000 ZAR (~1000 EURO) per project, with exceptions possible. This may either be paid as a cash grant OR in kind, depending on what the funding will be used for.
Deadline: 15th May 2020