Antarctic Logistic Support
Since its creation in 1998, the Natural Environment Research Council's Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI) proved to be a very successful scheme for funding responsive-mode research requiring access to BAS Antarctic infrastructure.
As a result of changes that NERC has made to the way research is funded and delivered, applicants now have the opportunity to apply for funding requiring Antarctic Logistic Support from BAS through all of the NERC funding streams, with the principal mechanism through responsive-mode grant and fellowship schemes. Thus enabling all proposals that require access to BAS Antarctic infrastructure to compete on an equal footing with other proposals in that call, so removing the upper limit on funding that was a consequence of having a separate AFI scheme.
The new arrangements took effect for applications to the 10 June 2010 grant round, with the primary fieldwork season for successful proposals being 2012-13.
In recognition of this transition, there is now a new website which largely supersedes the content of the AFI website. The new Antarctic Proposals and Fieldwork Planning website is intended to provide up-to-date information about:
- The process of applying for NERC funding, for research proposals which require Antarctic fieldwork support;
- Fieldwork planning of projects already awarded funding;
- The operation of the Collaborative Gearing Scheme
This new website is intended as a 'one stop shop' for information on the above topics, in succinct form, together with relevant links.