Special call for proposals: Virtual Observatory-Office of Astronomy for Development Special Grant

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The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) have a partnership that aims to bring together the complementary resources and expertise of these institutions to advance the application of astronomical data and/or technology in different areas of society, most notably for education, development and public outreach. To this end, we will offer a special grant to support the development of Virtual Observatory (VO) tools in an undergraduate teaching context.

Deliverables 

The successful grant holder will deliver on the following

  • A desktop survey of learning outcomes for undergraduate astronomy/physics curricula in South Africa and Africa;
  • Identify where existing VO tutorials and/or resources map onto learning outcomes in those curricula;
  • Write up minimum requirements for running those tutorials, e.g. computing, internet speed, lab hours required;
  • Work with the relevant stakeholders to make South African data available in VO tools, and create (or adapt existing) VO tutorials using SA data; and
  • Present those tutorials to course convenors in one-on-one sessions.
Application

Proposals should not exceed two pages (minimum font size 11)  and include the following:

  • Name and contact details of the proposer;
  • Team members’ profiles (who will be involved and what are their roles/skills/experience);
  • Plans to deliver on the above requirements;
  • Detailed timelines and milestones;
  • Detailed Budget (for professional costs, rates and time estimates should be provided); and
  • Any additional motivation. 
Selection

A selection panel, comprising representatives from the OAD and the SAAO VO team will assess the proposals based on the following criteria: 

  • The capability of the project leader and team (score out of 10);
  • Feasibility of project plan (score out of 10, based on plans and timelines);
  • Cost-effectiveness (score out of 10, based on budget and timelines); and
  • Additional considerations (score out of 5, based on motivation).
Deadline

Proposals should be sent as a pdf to vanessa@astro4dev.org  by 15th April 2022.

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