Research Opportunities

NERC Funding Calls:

NERC offers several types of awards. These include the Responsive Research Grants such as the Standard Grants and Large Grants, deadlines for which can be found below:

Grant Deadlines for 2015
NERC Standard Grant  4 p.m. on the 21st July 2015
NERC Large Grant TBC but likely to be mid November 2015 (with outline proposals to be submitted to NERC by 4 p.m. on 10th March 2015)

Full details of the eligibility criteria for both individual applicants and research organisations can be found in Section C of the NERC Research Grants Handbook. Please also note that investigators wishing to carry out fieldwork in the Arctic should also be aware of the attached Special Considerations.

Please note, that should you wish to use NERC logistic support in the Arctic, please first register your interest with the Arctic Office ( who will be able to provide guidance on potential access to UK polar logistic support and associated costs that would need to be included in your grant application where applicable.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Arctic Office at

NERC Arctic Research Station:

Completed Arctic Station application forms for the summer season (June – September) should be sent to the Arctic Office before 31 March preceding the intended field season.

NERC Announcements of Opportunity:

NERC Announcements of Opportunity relevant to the UK Arctic Community will be posted here when available. In the meantime, please check the NERC ‘Current Opportunities‘ webpage for all current opportunities.

NERC and NSF agreements now in place to simplify the UK-US collaboration

NERC and the US’s National Science Foundation (NSF) have agreed to work together to make it easier for world-leading environmental scientists to collaborate on discovery science projects and tackling global environmental challenges. Proposals must be an integrated UK-US effort to address a research topic of interest to both NERC and a relevant NSF division that would benefit from a collaborative approach.

Agreements operate with the NSF division of environmental biology (DEB) and the NSF directorate for geosciences (GEO) through NERC’s discovery science schemes and NSF’s equivalent schemes in 2015 and 2016, using existing budgets and peer review mechanisms. NERC will accept invited full proposals under both agreements from July 2015.

For further information, please see

Other Funding Calls:

2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships

Deadline for applications: Friday 13th March 2015

L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society have partnered together to provide a dedicated UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the life and physical sciences.
This year five Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist them with their research. The Fellowships, each worth £15,000 (equivalent Euros for candidates in Ireland), are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research and for the first year we will be including maths, engineering and computer science.
The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

For further information, please see the following link:


MircoDIce (Micro dynamics of Ice) – This is a European Science Foundation  research networking programme to advance knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of ice and to coordinate and make available resources and expertise across Europe.

The program can finance short visit exchanges, workshops, summer-schools, and conferences in any field related to the MicroDIce scientific interests.

Calls are permanently open. For more information, take a look at the website at or email

Early Career Scientists

Networks, relevant job opportunities and workshops for early career scientists based in the UK.