Astronomy Research Grants 2021 – Guidelines for Applicants

January 5, 2021, from Natasha Jeffrey

Dear Colleagues

This is a note to advise that the closing date for the 2021 Astronomy Grants Round is 4th March 2021. Submissions are accepted from now.

The Astronomy Guidelines for Applicants have been revised and can be found via the links below (the PDF with the full guidance is available under the ‘who can apply’ section on both pages).

Please be aware, the page has now moved onto the central UKRI funding finder so there are two separate page; one to cover the AO/AT call and one for the SS/PL call:

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 2020 guidelines have been briefly summarised below for information:

  • Page Limits – The page limit per project has been simplified and is no longer based on a requested FTE calculation.
  • Applicant/Project FTE – There has been a change to the upper limit for requested applicant FTE (25%, not including PI management time). The guidance for total FTE requests per project has also been updated and must be strictly adhered to.
  • Outreach Projects – Clarification on the page limit for outreach projects/outreach funding.
  • Pathways to Impact – UKRI removed the requirement to submit a pathways to impact plan in March 2020; however applicants should still consider impact as part of their case for support (see guidelines for further information)
  • Publications Table – Updates to the information required in the publications table

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

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

Chloe Woodcock ( – Senior Programme Manager, Astronomy Awards
Kim Burchell ( – Head of Astronomy Awards