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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 10th March 2020,  full proposals – 3rd November 202010th March 2020
Standard grants – 14th July 2020  21st April 2020
Standard grants  –  14th January 202014th October 2019
NERC Independent Research Fellowships  – October 2020 (date TBC)July 2020 (date TBC)
Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme – 9th March 20209th March 2020 – OSPQ not required, see  CASS application form


Applications for BAS logistics support are welcome on other NERC 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. For queries or information on other non-NERC funding calls please contact the Antarctic Access Office 

Process for Principal Investigators


Further information is available from the Je-S Helpdesk.