NERC funding proposals


Proposals which require Antarctic and Arctic logistic support are now considered through Responsive Mode opportunities (standard grants, large grants, new investigator grants and NERC Fellowships). Similarly, funding bids in response to other Announcements of Opportunity, such as those associated with NERC Research Programmes, may also request Antarctic or Arctic logistic support through this common process.

Antarctic application process, eligibility and requirements and deadlines

Please note, it is a NERC requirement that for proposals requesting logistic support in the Antarctic, to submit a Preliminary request for Antarctic logistic support form to the Antarctic Funding Office, (email: hosted at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), at least three months before the submission deadline for the funding proposal. Any funding applications that request Antarctic logistic support without having obtained prior logistic approval will not be accepted by NERC.

Arctic application process, eligibility and requirements and deadlines

Proposals requesting BAS logistic support in the Arctic should contact the Arctic Office in the first instance at at least 3 months before the submission deadline for the funding proposal.

Scheduling of Fieldwork Support

Applicants should note that, for proposals submitted in response to NERC responsive mode funding opportunities during 2015 (including standard grants call, closing dates of  20th January 2015 and 21st July 2015 respectively), the earliest Antarctic fieldwork season for logistic support of the funded projects will normally be 2016/2017. Although BAS will aim to support all the projects during that season, the timing of Antarctic fieldwork necessarily depends on numerous operational factors. BAS therefore reserves the right to decide on the timing of logistic support for individual projects, on the basis of the most efficient and effective use of its resources.

Regarding the scheduling of Arctic Fieldwork support, please contact the Arctic Office ( as early as possible.