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 2014/2015
NERC Standard Grant January 2015 Standard Grant deadline to be announced.
NERC Large Grant 4 p.m. on 11th November 2014 (with outline proposals to be submitted to NERC by 4 p.m. on 20th March 2014)

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 International Opportunity Fund – Announcement of Opportunity – deadline: 25th September 2014

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting proposals to its International Opportunities Fund (IOF). The IOF scheme provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science. IOF grants are pump-priming, to help stimulate novel research collaborations. Mature research collaborations should apply to NERC’s Standard or Large Grant schemes, which allow for overseas project partnerships, or to other appropriate sources of funding.

Closing date for full proposals: 25 September 2014 at 16.00 BST

Further information can be found at:

NERC Strategic research opportunities: information on expected strategic research funding opportunities. It does not however list discovery science or other NERC funding opportunities.

Other Funding Calls:

The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology (CEOI-ST) is pleased to announce on behalf of the UK Space Agency  the 8th EO Technology Call for Earth observation instrumentation and related technology research and development projects. The total budget available for the Call is up to £3M, with additional PV funds required from industrial bidders.   The Call is now open and will close on Friday 12th September 2014 at 12.00 noon.  Full details are available on the CEOI web-site at

The CEOI-ST continues the work of the CEOI, which was established in 2007 in order to realise an excellent, internationally competitive national Earth observation instrument and technology research and development programme.

The priority for this Call will be to support proposals that advance the technology readiness (TRL) of UK technology; bidders are encouraged to focus proposals on activities which advance the development of EO instrument technologies to TRL 5 and 6, including development of previous CEOI-ST funded technologies.  It should be noted that additional PV funds are required from industrial bidders.

Bidders should register their intention to bid by 12.00 noon on 11th August 2014, using the form available at

For further information on any aspect of the bid, please contact Chris Brownsword ( or Mick Johnson (

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.