Information for scientists

Australian Antarctic Science Program (including Grant Program) applications open

The Australian Antarctic Science Program operates within the Australian Antarctic Program to deliver world-class scientific research consistent with Australia’s Antarctic science strategic priorities.

The program provides access to funding and logistical support for eligible scientists undertaking high quality research in areas defined by Australia's Antarctic science strategic plan.

The 2018–19 application round calls for projects commencing in 2018–19 and 2019–20. The focus of this round is for projects seeking to make use of existing data, samples and information already collected, and Australia-based activities.

The capacity of the Australian Antarctic Program to support new projects requiring Australian Antarctic Division logistics will be constrained over the next three Antarctic seasons as we enter a period of substantial change and preparation for exciting new scientific capabilities. These include welcoming the RSV Nuyina into service, delivering a new traverse capability to Antarctica by 2020–21, building a new research station on Macquarie Island by 2021–22 and advancing assessment of the potential for year-round aviation at Davis research station.

During the transition to the new logistics, requests for Australian Antarctic Division logistics will be limited.

Requests for any of these new logistic capabilities including marine science on RSV Nuyina will be offered in future application rounds.

If you are planning on requesting support for logistics in this round please discuss this with the relevant Theme Leader before submitting your application.

Applications close at 5 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

Getting started

Read the Australian Antarctic Science Program (including Grant Program) 2018–19 round guidelines.

Chief investigators create a project by logging in to the online application form.

When you create a project the Science Planning and Coordination section of the AAD is alerted and will be available to help with questions about the application form, any technical difficulties, the selection process, or any other science program-related issues. Contact them at

You are strongly advised to discuss your project with the relevant Theme Leader and end users (including within the AAD [PDF]) before submitting the application.

The Guidelines at a glance page provides links to key information from the guidelines, supporting information for your application including a link to descriptions of research station laboratory facilities, and a timeline for application assessment.