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Scientific and Technological Excellence by Leveraging LOFAR Advancements in Radio Astronomy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 952439

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.b.

  • Overall budget:

    € 899 878,75

  • EU contribution

    € 899 877

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY AT THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

Objective

The Institute of Astronomy with National Astronomical Observatory (IANAO) is the premier institute of astrophysics in Bulgaria, operating the National Astronomical Observatory, and the only one in Bulgaria engaged in radio astronomy (RA) and space weather (SW) research. It has recently taken a strategic decision to significantly expand its RA scientific arm, and to work towards adopting world-class radio observing capabilities. To this end, it has begun a collaboration with the Technical University of Sofia’s (TUS) Faculty of Telecommunications, a local expert institution with strong capabilities in phased antenna array communications. ASTRON is a world-class centre of RA science and technological development. DIAS is a world-leader in advanced astronomical studies and SW research. ASTRON and DIAS recognize the importance of a partnership with the IANAO for expanding the network of the advanced European distributed telescope LOFAR, as well as for enhancing its RA and space weather capabilities. The proposed “Scientific and Technological Excellence by Leveraging LOFAR Advancements in Radio astronomy” (STELLAR) project will address the goals of all four partners by significantly increasing the LOFAR technical and scientific expertise at TUS and IANAO. It will allow IANAO and TUS to develop and strengthen collaborations with ASTRON and DIAS. STELLAR is a major step towards the realization, utilization, and further development of a LOFAR station in Bulgaria. STELLAR will achieve its objectives through carefully planned trainings for IANAO and TUS staff at ASTRON and DIAS, including lectures, workshops, summer schools, and research staff exchanges. STELLAR will have a multiplicative effect for the Bulgarian astronomical and geophysical community as a whole through the development of RA, SW, and radio technology training curricula for Bulgarian scientists and engineers, thus ensuring a sustainable effect of the project.

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY AT THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Address

Blvd Tsarigradsko Chaussee 72
1784 Sofia

Bulgaria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 228 701

Participants (3)

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 356 801

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 204 897

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 109 478

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 952439

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.b.

  • Overall budget:

    € 899 878,75

  • EU contribution

    € 899 877

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY AT THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria