What to cost into an Antarctic logistics funding proposal


The following specific costs are the responsibility of the Principal Investigator and should be included in all full proposals that require Antarctic logistic support . Neither BAS nor NERC is responsible for these costs if you do not include them in your proposal.

It is very important that you follow this section carefully. NERC research grants are 'cost limited', which means that costs overlooked at the proposal stage cannot be recovered at a later date from NERC. Only in very exceptional circumstances, usually associated with Antarctic logistic support problems that could not have been avoided, will NERC consider a request for additional funds to be awarded to an existing grant.

Full Economic Costing (fEC)

All applications for funding must be made using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system, and must comply with the conditions set out in the latest edition of the NERC Research Grants Handbook - Research Grants Awarded on Full Economic Cost Basis. Since 1st September 2005, NERC research grants have been awarded on the basis of a proportion of the full economic cost, calculated in accordance with the TRAC (Transparent Approach to Costing) methodology (Universities and other Higher Education Institutes), or by an equivalent methodology in the case of Research Council component bodies or other academic analogues. The proportion of fEC awarded is currently 80%.

The fEC of a project is calculated as the sum of three separate components:

  • Directly Incurred Costs
  • Directly Allocated Costs
  • Indirect Costs

Note that the term ‘overheads’ is no longer used by the UK Research Councils, although many other funding bodies still use it.

Directly Incurred Costs

These include the salaries of additional staff employed specifically for the project; also the costs of equipment, travel and subsistence, and consumables used by the project.

Directly Allocated Costs

These consist of:

(a) payments for Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator staff time (on a pro rata basis);

(b) costs of using major items of equipment or facilities.

Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are intended to be a contribution towards the project costs incurred by the institution which is in receipt of the Award. These costs are determined by the respective Finance department as a single figure applied per full-time equivalent post involved in the project.

Estate Costs

These may include building and premises costs, basic services and utilities and any clerical staff and equipment maintenance/operational costs not already included under other cost headings. As for Indirect Costs, Estate Costs are determined by the respective Finance department as a single figure applied per full-time equivalent post involved in the project.

Exceptions

The Research Councils will pay 100% of the cost for certain items of expenditure, including research student stipends and tuition fees. With regard to capital equipment (i.e. equipment valued at >£10k), NERC does not expect to be able to fund more than a minor fraction for any associated costs. In all but exceptional cases, the maximum that NERC will fund is 50% of capital equipment items, and applicants will need to provide evidence that the remaining funds have been secured. Further information can be obtained at http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/news/equip-funding-guidance.asp.

More detail:

Travel and accommodation

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Flights, to and from the Falkland Islands (or Punta Arenas), for the science and technical personnel Y £3000 return, per person (taken from the BAS Business Plan 2013). These costs will be ‘top-sliced’ from your award by NERC.
Travel costs for Field Assistants supporting the project
N  
Travel to and from RAF Brize Norton (or London Heathrow airport) for the inter-continental flight
Y
Living and accommodation costs whilst on board ship, at a research station or in the field, after departure from Stanley (or Punta Arenas) southbound, until return to Stanley (or Punta Arenas) at the end of the fieldwork N If additional time is requested in the Falkland Islands, the the additional costs are the responsibility of the person(s) concerned and may not be charged to the NERC Award
Meals and accommodation costs in Stanley (or in Punta Arenas). Transport between Mount Pleasant Airport (East Falkland) and Stanley (or between Punta Arenas airport and Punta Arenas city) Y £620, per person, per field season. These costs will be 'top-sliced' from your award by NERC.
Cost of travel (standard class rail fare) to BAS Cambridge to discuss support requirements Y Newly-awarded Principal Investigators should arrange to visit BAS Operations and Logistics staff, to discuss their support requirements for the proposed fieldwork. This is intended to ensure that BAS staff who will be supporting the project in the field are well briefed, at an early stage, with detailed logistics information about the project requirements.

Clothing

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Specialist 'clothing’, e.g. diving suits (if required)
Y Up to maximum of £800. Diving suits can be supplied by the Principal Investigator – but will need to be approved by BAS.
Other dive equipment, e.g. cylinders and demand valves N These will be provided by BAS as part of the logistic overheads.
Antarctic fieldwork clothing provision for BAS personnel N  
Costs of Antarctic fieldwork clothing provision for non-BAS personnel Y See table below.

The costs of Antarctic fieldwork clothing provision for non-BAS personnel should be included and charged according to the following rates:

Location Cost
Ship (RRS James Clark Ross or RRS Ernest Shackleton) £722
Rothera station £612
Rothera field £1247
South Georgia, Bird Island or Signy £882
Halley Station
 £612
Halley Field £1517

These costs (taken from the BAS Business Plan 2013) are based on the requirement that all issued items remain the property of BAS at the end of the field project. Note that Antarctic clothing for fieldwork personnel will be re-issued, at no extra charge, to individuals who will be making multiple visits to the field. It is therefore not necessary to cost fieldwork clothing more than once, for any of the fieldwork personnel, if multiple seasons are involved. Together with air fares, the costs of provision of polar clothing to non-BAS personnel will be ‘top-sliced’ from your award, by NERC.

Medical

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Full Antarctic medical examination (non-BAS personnel only) Y The costs of a full Antarctic medical examination conducted to BAS specifications and performed by a GP should be in the region of £140.
Vaccinations (for example, Yellow Fever) Y Please see BASMU's Immunisation Policy for further information.
Diving medical examination (if required) Y A Diving medical assessment will start at around £65, depending on circumstances. It will replace the full medical and not be an additional charge.
Dental check
N
No allowance is included for the standard dental check.

Cargo

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Transporting equipment and materials into the field and back on BAS ships and aircraft N Not charged directly.
Air-freight costs (where applicable)
Y Charged directly to the consignor.
Transporting your equipment to the BAS packing agents within the UK and for collecting equipment and/or samples from BAS Cambridge at the end of the season Y  
Transportation of equipment/cargo to the BAS commercial stores prior to shipment to Antarctica, and for the collection of cargo and/or samples from BAS Cambridge following the field season Y  

Geology equipment

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Durable items: e.g. hammers, chisels, and binoculars Y BAS will supply rock boxes (on loan only) for the packing of field samples.

Training

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Antarctic pre-deployment training course at Girton College, First Aid course and Field Training course (if applicable) N However, travel costs to attend should be included (see below).
Travel to and from Cambridge at the beginning and end of the Antarctic pre-deployment training course at Girton College, First Aid course and Field Training courses Y  
Specialist safety training Y If this cannot be provided on the BAS course, including SCUBA training, up to a maximum level of £750.
STCW 95 certificate in Personal Survival Techniques (required for ALL personnel travelling on a NERC ship)
Y You should budget for £210 per person (plus travel costs).
Any additional expenditure attributable to a project and incurred during fieldwork Y  

Staff costs and recruitment

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Antarctic allowance payments for BAS staff conducting scientific or technical support work as part of the project Y Costs are pro rata.

Please contact the Antarctic Funding Office (afibas@bas.ac.uk) for further information on BAS support staff costs.
Recruitment - any costs associated with recruitment, including advertising
Y Please ensure that each partner is clearly aware of which Institution will be responsible for recruitment. BAS will not be responsible for recruiting, unless this has been specifically agreed with BAS. Recruitment for a studentship tied to the project, or a CASE studentship, will be the responsibility of an Institution that is a degree-awarding body.

NERC rules relating to the eligibility of individuals as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator are given in the Summary of eligibility conditions. Further details are available in the current version of the NERC Research Grants Handbook.


A Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) who is not eligible to be a Principal or Co-Investigator, but has made a substantial contribution to the formulation and development of the application and will be closely involved with the project (if funded) may be identified as a ‘Researcher Co-Investigator’. A Researcher Co-Investigator must:

  • Be the named researcher on the project and seek his/her salary as a Directly Incurred cost.
  • Be employed by the same Research Organisation as the either the Principal Investigator or one of the Co-Investigators.
  • If applying from a NERC or BBSRC Research Organisation, be employed at Band 6 or higher.

Technical support

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
Significant level of development of equipment software and instrumentation Y The level of resource must have been agreed in principle with the Head of Technology and Engineering.
Significant level of support (such as 20% full-time equivalent or greater) by any specific BAS technical or scientific personnel in the UK or in Antarctica Y The level of support must have been agreed in principle with the appropriate contact point given in the Antarctic logistics questionnaire.

BAS Facilities

What Include? Notes, including amounts where applicable
BAS infrastructure (use of research stations, ships and aircraft within Antarctica) N The usual costs for supporting a project within the existing BAS infrastructure (use of research stations, ships and aircraft within Antarctica) will be covered in the overall support costs.
Aircraft positioning costs (outside of normal BAS theatre of operation) Y Please contact the Antarctic Funding Office (afibas@bas.ac.uk) for advice. Normally, no cost will be incurred, unless BAS would need to purchase additional aviation fuel (beyond that provided for National Capability operations), in order to reach the proposed fieldwork locality.
Modifications to a BAS ship or aircraft Y  May require extended preparation time.
Modifications to a laboratory or facility Y May require extended preparation time.
Standard desktop PC (in BAS Cambridge building) N Up to £600 desktop PC will be provided by Science Delivery - any specialist requirements above this should be bid for (e.g.laptop, memory enhancement, peripherals).
SAN storage enhancement (in BAS Cambridge building) Y First 5TB data storage is supplied by BAS NC - >5 TB should be bid for at £400 per TB.
Workstation above and beyond BAS IT provision Y Agreement by BAS ICT required. Additional SciHub node is £7800.
Software Licences Y e.g.MATLAB and specialist software
Use of PASIN radar N This will come with engineering support. Requirements for field and UK scientific support (data manipulation, value added products, interpretation etc.) should be costed as for Co-I science time.
Use of MASIN instrument suite N This will come with engineering support. Requirements for field and UK scientific support (data manipulation, value added products, interpretation etc.) should be costed as for Co-I science time.

If you propose to be working away from a field station, you should assume for costing purposes that you will provide everything needed to run and maintain your equipment, including the supply of portable power.