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  4 p.m. on the 20th January 2015
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 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:

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The upcoming Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries; the Member States of Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.

Despite geographical differences, the large Programme area shares a number of common features, such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change.

The NPA 2014-2020 was launched at the Cool North Conference on 30th September and 1st October, in Strathpeffer, Scotland. At this occasion, the First Call for Applications was opened. . The call deadline is 24th November 2014. For more details about the call and the application pack, please see the First Call page.

Information sources

To learn more about who can apply and when, please check the NPA 2014-2020 Factsheet. You can find more detailed information about the strategy and implementation provisions in the draft Cooperation Programme document. These and other useful documents can be found on the Documents page.

For more information please see the website:

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.