Announcement of Opportunity: Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica

Closing date: 16:00 on 23 April 2020

Proposals are invited for a new Research Programme that, through joint collaboration between the UK and Centro de Estudios Científicos in Chile, provides the opportunity to gain access to water and lake bed sediment samples from Subglacial Lake CECs, Antarctica.

This research programme aims to answer fundamental research questions that will inform us about the future contribution of West Antarctica to sea-level rise and the adaptation and persistence of life in extreme environments.

It is expected that this Announcement of Opportunity will lead to the funding of four proposals, two under each research question, at a cost of £574k at 80% FEC per proposal.

Proposals for this call are invited from eligible UK researchers (see NERC Grants Handbook for standard eligibility criteria).

For full details of the call and how to apply, please see the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Applicants should consult the ‘Contamination control and samples’ document ahead of developing their proposals to be clear on the number and type of samples that may be available for the programme. 

Applicants are advised to contact Andy Smith, the programme Science Co-ordinator, ahead of submitting their proposal to discuss feasibility of obtaining sample requirements for proposed research. 

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 114KB)

Contamination control and samples (PDF, 302KB)


For further information please contact:

Jennifer Morris

Programme Manager

Andy Smith

Programme Science Co-ordinator

Natural Environment Research Council
Polaris House,
North Star Avenue,