NERC funding proposals


The final call for proposals to the NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative was announced in 2009. Proposals which require Antarctic 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 logistic support through this common process.

In all cases, it is a NERC requirement that a Preliminary request for Antarctic logistic support form is submitted 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.

Application Process and Deadlines

Scheduling of Fieldwork Support

Applicants should note that, for proposals submitted in response to NERC responsive mode funding opportunities during 2013 (including standard grants call, closing dates of  2nd July 2013 and 21st January 2014 respectively), the earliest Antarctic fieldwork season for logistic support of the funded projects will normally be 2015/16. 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.