Grants will be due the first Monday in October and will be
submitted directly by online application to the New York Community Trust.
A link to the grant application will be provided shortly. Please follow the below guidelines.
Since 1986, the F.A.R. has made annual Theodore Dunham, Jr. Grants for Research in Astronomy. The grants are named for Theodore Dunham, Jr., Scientific Director of the F.A.R. from its founding in 1936 until his death in 1984.
The Fund for Astrophysical Research invites applications each year for the award of small research grants. We will make our next grants by December, 2018, following receipt of completed applications, which are due on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Grants support research in astronomy. Grants are awarded for the acquisition of astronomical equipment, computer time, computer hardware or software that will be used in research. Preference will generally be given to proposals for facilities that are likely to be used by a number of astronomers. Cost sharing is encouraged. The F.A.R. does not fund equipment intended only for teaching, publication costs or travel costs to attend meetings. No salaries, administrative costs or overhead will be funded.
Grants are generally made to North American colleges, universities and not-for-profit observatories and only rarely to individuals. Except in rare instances, principal investigators are astronomers engaged in research and residing in North America.
Each year, the F.A.R. awards a small number of grants, which have ranged up to about $3,000 per grant but in particularly meritorious cases may be as much as $4,000 or $5,000. Any applicant seeking more than $3,000 should submit two budgets, one contemplating a grant of, for example, $2,000 or $3,000 and the other contemplating a larger grant, with a description of how the larger grant would enhance the project and a discussion of the funding sources for the remainder of the costs of the project.
The Grant Application
The grant application is currently NOT available. A link will be provided shortly.
Applications for grants must be received by Monday, October 1, 2018. Notification will be made and funds will be disbursed in December.
By submitting an application, the principal investigator and his or her institution agree that, if the requested grant is awarded, they will abide by the following conditions:
- The granted funds will be used only in the manner described in the application.
- Equipment purchased with F.A.R.’s grant will remain with the project for which it was purchased. When an investigator leaves, terminates the project, or has no further need for that particular equipment, he or she may request the F.A.R.’s consent that the purchased items be disposed of in another manner, and the F.A.R. may look favorably on such requests if written assurance is given by responsible parties that the equipment would continue in productive use for its useful life.
- A report will be made at the termination of the project in the form of a letter, describing the particular benefits to the project made possible by the grant. It should include an account of the actual expenditures made, and receipts for all expenditures should be made available upon request. Copies of the report should be sent to the Chairman of the Grants Committee and to the F.A.R. office.
- In addition, copies of all papers involving results obtained with items or services supplied by the F.A.R. should be sent to the Chairman of the Grants Committee and to the F.A.R. office upon acceptance for publication. Acknowledgment of the Theodore Dunham, Jr. Grant of the F.A.R. should be included in the customary note at the end of the paper.
Reimbursement of Page Charges
If a 2018 grant recipient submits the report described above of actual expenditures, and sends the F.A.R. office 8 copies of the first paper published that involves results obtained with items or services funded by the F.A.R. and the paper contains such an acknowledgment, the F.A.R. will reimburse $100 toward page charges.
For a description of grants made in previous years, visit the Grant Recipients section of this web site.
Our thanks are due the Grants Committee, currently Kenneth Janes and Richard Kron, for their excellent efforts.
For a discussion and analysis of the grants program, see:
Upgren, A.R., Aller, L.H., Dunham, W.B. and Philip, A.G.D.,
“The Fund for Astrophysical Research: Twelve Years of the Small Grants Program,”
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 31, 1159, 1998.