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.
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 deadline||Deadline for submission of Pre Award OSPQ|
|Large grants – Outline proposals 9th March 2021, full proposals – 9th November 2021||9th 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 2021||8th July 2021|
|Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme – 15th March 2021||15th 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
Check the status of your organisation’s Je-S registration
Organisations wishing to register for Je-S should contact the Je-S Helpdesk (Tel:01793 444164). Users wishing to access the system for the first time must check with their central administration to establish the status of the organisation’s Je-S registration before proceeding to create a new account.
Create an account on the Je-S system (if you do not already have a user account)
Prepare the research grant proposal on the Je-S system.
Partially completed proposals can be
Submit the finalised proposal to NERC
The final proposal is submitted to NERC (or other Research Councils) by an authorised representative of the Principal Investigator’s host institution. Remember that the approved ‘Pre Award Operational Planning Support Questionnaire’ must be included as an attachment on the Je-S system.
Further information is available from the Je-S Helpdesk.