Information for scientists

Australian Antarctic Science Program

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.

Applications for the Australian Antarctic Science Program (including Grant Program) 2018-19 round closed on 9 October 2018. Completed applications can be accessed through the Antarctic Applications Online (AAO) system.

Chief investigators of current Australian Antarctic Science Program projects can also use the AAO system to access their projects.


Variations to current approved projects can be requested as part of the annual reporting process. Chief investigators seeking a variation outside of this process must contact Science Planning and Coordination and a request for variation form will be provided. Notification of a decision may take up to four weeks, so a reasonable time for consideration of the request is required.

Australian Research Council applications

In response to the Australian Antarctic Science Program Governance Review released in December 2017, the Australian Government announced a Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science to be administered by the Australian Research Council. The program is worth $56 million over seven years and will provide Antarctic researchers in Australian Universities with an opportunity to seek funding in support of their work in this important area.

The Australian Research Council has released guidelines for this initiative that include assessment of strategic fit to the Australian Antarctic science strategic plan and feasibility of requests for logistics support. Information on the Special Research Initiative is available on the GrantConnect website; information on the Australian Antarctic Division’s strategic fit assessment is available on the Australian Antarctic Division website.


Questions related to the strategic fit of Special Research Initiative applications and Australian Antarctic Division logistics support should be directed to Science Planning and Coordination.

All other questions should be directed to your Research Office.