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Submitting a research proposal to NERC

Principal Investigators and researchers should discuss and agree their requests for polar fieldwork support with BAS at least three months in advance of NERC grant submission deadlines listed below. All research grant proposals to NERC should be submitted no later than the announced deadlines. Applicants should leave enough time for their proposal to pass through the Research Councils UK Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) route before 16:00 on the closing date.

Proposals are assessed on their scientific excellence. NERC Moderating Panels meet annually in June and December to grade the proposals and make recommendations for funding. Applicants should adhere to the regulations set out in the NERC handbook.

Submission deadlines:

Email the Antarctic Access Office at BAS ([email protected]) stating your name and institution. They will set up a new questionnaire and send you the link along with instructions for completion.

Deadlines.  Note that the submission deadline is 4 p.m. on the given date.

Funding call application deadlineDeadline for submission of Pre Award OSPQ
Large grants – Outline proposals 9th March 2021,  full proposals – 9th November 20219th March 2021
Standard grants – 13th July 2021 19th April 2021
Standard grants  –   January 2022 (Date TBC)October 2021 (Date TBC)
NERC Independent Research Fellowships  – 14th October 20218th July 2021
Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme – 15th March 202115th March 2021 – OSPQ not required, see  CASS application form
All other NERC/ UKRI/ Other Research Council/ Other eligible non-UKRI funding calls (e.g EU, Leverhulme)3 months before full proposal submission deadline


Applications for BAS Antarctic logistics support are welcome on other NERC/ UKRI/ Other Research Council funding calls (e.g. Directed calls), the Pre-Award OSPQ deadline will be 3 months before the proposal deadline, unless stated otherwise in the call.

Applications are also welcome on certain non-UKRI funding calls, including EU, ESA and the Leverhulme Trust.  For further information on non-UKRI funding calls please contact the Antarctic Access Office 

Process for Principal Investigators


Further information is available from the Je-S Helpdesk.