Astronomy Research Grants

STFC astronomy research grants support research in the areas of astronomy, cosmology, solar system science and certain aspects of particle astrophysics.

Apart from applications concerned with the development or operation of some types of instrumentation or database, for which special arrangements exist, astronomy grant applications are assessed by the Astronomy Grants Panel.

Remit of AGP Calls for Proposals
Astronomy Observation (AO) and Astronomy Theory (AT) Call
This call covers all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics beyond the solar system:

Solar Studies (SS) and Planetary Studies (PL) Call
This call covers theory, including modelling, simulation and related software development, observation, experiment and new technology research, relevant to all aspects of solar system science:

Note that studies related to the UKSA’s programme of Aurora science (Mars exploration and sample return) should be addressed to UKSA in the first instance as separate funding may be available.

Grant applications and information

2017 - Closing date 2nd February 2017


Applicants are encouraged to contact the office if they would benefit from a site visit to discuss Grant submissions with either office staff and/or members of the AGP.

For further information, please contact Kim Burchell.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000