Funding Opportunities in Chile (Anuncio de Oportunidades)

Call for proposals from Joint Committee of ESO and Government of Chile

7 juni 2019

To enhance its programme of scientific cooperation with its host country Chile, ESO provides and manages an annual fund devoted to the development of disciplines related to astronomy and technology in Chile. The board, which consists of representatives of ESO and the Chilean Government (working through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), evaluates and selects the programmes to be supported by this fund, which fall into five areas:

  • ESO grant funding to postdoctoral programmes in astronomy at Chilean academic institutions.
  • Funding for academic faculty positions for periods of up to two years at Chilean academic institutions.
  • Funding to support the development and presentation of educational programmes for the teaching and dissemination of astronomy in Chile.
  • Funding to support development programmes and the construction of technological systems for astronomy.
  • Funding to support the development of astronomy in areas not covered by the above four categories.

The Joint Committee of ESO and the Government of Chile will consider all proposals that contribute to the development of astronomy in Chile and will allocate funding up to an approximate total of about 365 million Chilean pesos in 2019. The criteria for the allocation of funding will take into account the merit of the projects, the strategic priorities determined by the Committee, the match between the requested amount and the scope of the projects, and the applicants’ record.

In particular, the committee strongly encourages the submission of ambitious proposals in the area of ​​astro-engineering to enhance collaborations between groups or institutions in Chile and abroad. It is intended that a substantial part of the available funding will be allocated to this type of project for an initial period of up to two years, with the possibility of renewal for two additional periods, up to a total of six years. Projects approved under this modality must be presented again every two years, and renewal is conditional on a favourable evaluation of the activities performed in the previous period.

Proposals must be submitted by institutions, by the deadline of 23:59 CLT on 2 August 2019.

Proposals must be written in English or Spanish, using the form at the link below (NB the form is in Spanish only).

For further information about the submission of proposals, please contact the office of the ESO Representative in Chile.



Claudio Melo
ESO Chile
Alonso de Córdova 3107, Vitacura
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 22 463 3032/ 22 463 3051

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Jewels of the Chilean night sky
Jewels of the Chilean night sky