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 2016
NERC Standard Grant January Standard Grant Round: 4 p.m. on the 19th January 2016

July Standard Grant Round: Date still to be confirmed.

NERC Large Grant Outline proposals deadline is 4 p.m. on 10th March 2016 (submission  deadline for full proposals likely to be early November – TBC)

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 Environmental Science Impact Programme – Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date and time for outline proposals: 16:00 on 3 March 2016

Awards totalling £2·5-£5m are available to research organisations over 5 years to boost impact from NERC environmental science.

The Environmental Science Impact Programme (ESIP) is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science.

NERC invites research organisations with a strong and substantial portfolio of NERC funded research to apply through ESIP calls for a five year programme of activity with an overall value of between £2·5-£5m.

The ESIP will fund a limited number of highly ambitious programmes that will achieve transformative impact from NERC environmental science research by:

  • Bringing considerable NERC investment in excellent research within the participating research organisation(s) together with strengths in businesses, policy bodies and other stakeholders particular to their location(s).
  • Conducting a coherent programme of high impact, focused, co-designed and co-delivered research translation and innovation activities.
  • Leveraging benefits and contributions from other sources of funds relevant to the ambition of the proposal.
  • Creating durable collaborations between the academic and non-academic participants.

Further information, including the Announcement of Opportunity and eligibility information can be found on the NERC website:


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:

Funding calls relevant to the UK Arctic Community will be posted here as and when they are released.

EU H2020 Funding calls (This link will take you to the European Commission’s Funding Opportunities page for H2020 which is updated regularly).


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.