Ways to carry out fieldwork in Antarctica or the Arctic:
- Apply for a grant from NERC
- BAS will also support polar fieldwork in grants funded by other UK Research Councils or other specific funding bodies. Please contact the Polar Funding Office in the first instance.
- Partner or collaborate with BAS science teams, including the Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme
- Apply for a job with British Antarctic Survey
Important information for applicants
- Research proposals that require Antarctic or Arctic logistics support must make a formal request to British Antarctic Survey at least 3 months before the submission deadline for funding proposals.
- For Antarctic logistics support you will need to complete a ‘Pre Award Operational Support Planning Questionnaire’. Contact the Polar Funding Office email: [email protected] to set up a new questionnaire. Any funding applications that request Antarctic logistic support without having obtained prior logistic approval will not be accepted by NERC.
- For Arctic logistic support please contact the Arctic Office in the first instance at [email protected]
The application process and deadlines
- Check eligibility and requirements
- Submit a Pre Award Operational Support Planning Questionnaire (OSPQ). Feedback will contain a logistics approval reference code, if support for your project is considered feasible.
- Applications for logistic support in the Arctic
- Submit a funding proposal via Je-S, including the approved Pre Award OSPQ as an attachment.
Applicants should note that, for proposals submitted in response to NERC responsive mode funding opportunities during 2020 (including standard grants call, closing dates of January 2020 and July 2020 respectively), the earliest Antarctic fieldwork season for logistic support of the funded projects will normally be 2021/2022. 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 ([email protected]) as early as possible.
Ship-based research and marine equipment application
If your project is completely ship-based there is no need for you to submit a Pre Award OSPQ. Applications should be made through the NERC Marine Facilities. If your activity is both field and ship-based you will need to complete the Antarctic logistic support form (for field) and the NERC Marine Facilities forms. Spares and consumables will be provided by BAS to keep on-board equipment operational. However, all project personnel are responsible for the provision of consumables needed for acquisition of scientific data for their project. For example: provision of XBTs, standard seawater, salinity bottle inserts and scintillation counter vials.
Information on Antarctic science projects supported by BAS
The BAS Science Summary booklets provide information on field and station-based science projects in each Antarctic summer season.
BAS Polar Fieldwork Planning Process
The process BAS follows for polar fieldwork planning is detailed here.