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Australian Antarctic Science Program applications now open

The Australian Antarctic Science Program invites applications for projects commencing in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Researchers with projects requiring major logistical support in 2016-17 should also apply now.

Due to current project commitments there is no logistical support available for new projects in 2014-15. That is, there is no capacity within the current programme for any new Antarctic, subantarctic, or marine science support in 2014-15.

Logistical support for new projects can only be requested for the 2015-16 season and beyond.

Applications close at 5 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Monday, 12 May 2014.

Getting started

Read the Australian Antarctic Science Program guidelines for the 2014-15 round.

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 programme-related issues. Contact them at

You are strongly advised to discuss your project with the relevant Theme Leader before submitting the application.

The Guidelines at a glance page provides links to key information from the guidelines, a timeline for assessment and supporting information for your application. 

Changes since the 2012-13 application round

Following a review of the 2012-13 application round some changes have been made to the process:

  • There is no expression of interest (EOI) stage, only a full application stage.
  • The application round is biennial with applications open for projects commencing in 2014-15 or 2015-16 accepted.
  • The four categories of projects used in the previous round (tactical, strategic, fundamental and monitoring) have been reduced to two (research and monitoring). The maximum length of a research project is four years and monitoring is 10 years.
  • The RJL Hawke post-doctoral fellowship has been added to the grants program.
  • Funding for the co-funded post-doctoral fellowships has increased to include some operating costs.
  • The maximum grant amount that can be requested for equipment has been increased to $70 000 over the life of the project.
  • There are some changes to the assessment criteria.
    • The former criteria 1a and 1c have been combined and now include scoring relative to the priorities listed in the stream implementation plans for Themes 1-3.
    • There is a new criterion that specifically scores data history with the Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC).
    • The budget criterion has been clarified and will only be assessed by the Antarctic Research Assessment Committee (ARAC), not peer reviewers.
  • ARAC will be split into two subcommittees for the assessment of applications. One committee will assess strategic fit and outreach, the other will assess the scientific criteria and budget.
  • An EOI process will only be used for projects requiring major logistic support for projects commencing in 2017-18 and beyond. This EOI system will be opening in 2014.
  • There is an additional application question to identify which projects address Australia’s new Strategic Research Priorities. This question is asked for reporting purposes only, not for assessment.
  • The Frontier Science theme no longer relates to the National Research Priorities as these have been replaced by the Strategic Research Priorities. Frontier science is now open to excellent projects in any field of research that is not covered within Themes 1-3.
  • Overall, the program aims to support around 10-15% of all projects from the Frontier Science theme.
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