NERC Research Grants Website Updates

(Posted on the 1st July 2015)

Ahead of the July 21st closing date for Discovery Science Standard & New Investigator proposals some updates have been made to the NERC website.

The latest version of the research grants and fellowships handbook is now available on the website.

More information is now available on NERC submission rules including a list of common errors which will lead to a proposal being rejected.

Some frequently asked questions are now available relating to the demand management measures.

Collaborative Gearing Scheme Proposals for the 2015/16 season

(Posted on 12th February 2015)

This is a reminder that the Collaborative Gearing Scheme (CGS) provides opportunities for researchers at UK higher education institutions (and academic analogues) to access BAS Antarctic (and sub-Antarctic) facilities and support, for conducting fieldwork for 'pilot scale' projects in partnership with BAS science staff. The projects should be self-contained and lead to publications in the referred literature. One function of CGS is to provide an opportunity to generate preliminary results that may strengthen the case for preparing a full funding proposal.

CGS does not provide funding for salaries, capital equipment or other direct science costs. Please note also that BAS does not provide additional logistic support (such as dedicated ship time, or dedicated field parties) for CGS projects. Use of specific facilities - such as laboratories and boating support - may be requested, but availability is dependent on the requirements of funded projects already included in the fieldwork programme for the season.

Information about the application procedure is provided on the Antarctic Proposals and Fieldwork Planning website, from where an application form can be downloaded. For fieldwork support during the 2015-16 season, proposals should be submitted, as an email attachment to the Antarctic Funding Office at BAS (email, no later than 16:00hr on Tuesday, 31st March 2015.

After that date, applications may still be considered for support during the 2015/16 season, if there are exceptional mitigating reasons for the late submission, and if the requested support is still feasible.

NERC Research Grants and Fellowships Handbook - November 2014

The latest edition (November 2014) of the NERC Research Grants and Fellowships Handbook (Grants awarded on Full Economic Cost basis) is now available.

UK Glaciology and Antarctic symposia: September 2014

The Bristol Glaciology Centre, University of Bristol, will be hosting the following two UK meetings in September:

1. The International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting, 8-9 September 2014.

2. The UK Antarctic Research Symposium, 11-12 September 2014.


Please go to to register and submit your abstract for one or both of the meetings. We invite oral and poster presentations in all areas of glaciology/Antarctic science.

Deadline:  Registration and abstract submission deadline for both meetings has been extended to 1200 (midday) on Thursday 7th August 2014.

Wednesday 10th September (break day):

If you are planning on coming to both meetings, there are a number of events being organised for the Wednesday break day. These will include workshops and cultural trips. More details will be announced at a later date.

Polar photo competition:

During the meeting week we are also holding a polar photo competition. The deadline is the same for the registration and abstract submission (1st August). Up to 3 photos may be submitted at the following link:

Please name your files “Surname_Firstname_Photonumber”. After submitting your photo please email with:

1. Where the photo(s) were taken

2. Caption(s) about the image, place, and/or work (science or otherwise) being done on the trip

Prizes to be announced at a later date.

For updates and more information please follow @BristolOnIce on Twitter.

(Posted 4th August 2014)

New dates for NERC Standard Grant Applications

NERC has changed the dates for the ‘December’ standard grant round.  The dates have been moved forward to January and the January 2014 closing date will be 21 January at 16:00 GMT.  The 2014 call will open and proposals can be submitted on Je-S from 1 September 2013.    There are two calls in this round: Standard Grant JAN14 and Standard Grant - NI JAN14 (for a New Investigator).  This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. For more information, please see the NERC website.

Please also note that the July  2014 standard grant deadline has also been moved to the 22nd of July.

Preliminary requests for Antarctic logistic support must be received no later than 3 months prior to submission deadline of the intended funding opportunity.

NERC Fellowship Scheme

In 2012, NERC Council decided to introduce a new NERC Independent Research Fellowship scheme (IRF) that will replace the previous schemes (Postdoctoral Fellowships and Advanced Fellowships).  These five-year awards will 'support outstanding environmental scientists and enable them to develop their research, start to build a research group and become internationally recognised'.  Further information about the Independent Research Fellowship, including deadlines and application processes can be found at

NERC Research Grants and Fellowships Handbook

The latest (April 2013) edition of the NERC Research Grants and Fellowships Handbook (Grants awarded on Full Economic Cost basis) is now available.

Posted on 15th April 2013

Large Grants replace Consortium Grant scheme from 2012

Information about the changes to grant funding on the NERC website

Posted on 12 December 2011