2020 Astronomy Grants Round

December 3, 2019, from Sian Giles-Titcombe

Dear Colleagues

This is a note to advise that the closing date for the 2020 Astronomy Grants Round is 5th February 2020. Submissions are accepted from 2nd December 2019.

The Astronomy Guidelines for Applicants have been revised and can be found at:

Please be advised there is no change to the consolidated grant scheme for this round.

Applicants should ensure they have read the guidelines in detail and contact the office with any queries ahead of submission.

Key points or revisions from the 2019 guidelines have been highlighted within the document and summarised briefly below for information:

• Page Limits – The page limit per project has been simplified and is no longer based on a requested FTE calculation (page 7 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab).
• Applicant FTE – There has been a change to the upper limit for requested applicant FTE (from 30% to 25%, not including PI management time). The guidance for applicant time per project has been also been updated and must be strictly adhered to (page 11 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab) .
• Outreach Projects – Clarification on the page limit for outreach projects/outreach funding (page 7/8 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab)
• TRL Remit – Update to the guidance on TRL remit, the office urges applicants to contact the office if there is any query regarding the TRL limit of the proposed project (page 2 of the guidelines/The Astronomy Grants Panel Remit tab).

New groups submitting their first consolidated grant proposal or those considering a consortium proposal are advised to inform the office.

If you have any queries please see the contact details below:

Chloe Woodcock (chloe.woodcock@stfc.ukri.org) – For queries regarding the AO & AT Call
Tracey McGuire (tracey.mcguire@stfc.ukri.org) – For queries regarding the SS & PL Call
Kim Burchell (kim.burchell@stfc.ukri.org) – Head of Astronomy Awards