Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme - NERC

The Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme (CASS), previously known as the Collaborative Gearing Scheme (CGS), provides opportunities for scientists in recognised UK research institutions to do small-scale collaborative science projects. These projects should offer significant additional science outcomes, by attaching additional personnel, instrumentation, or tasks to existing Antarctic activities, or using research station infrastructure.

CASS only provides access to Antarctic logistics and financial support to cover some specific costs. It does not provide funding for salaries, capital equipment or other direct science costs. Research proposals submitted for CASS support are expected to be relevant to NERC’s science remit, involve minimal impact on British Antarctic Survey (BAS) logistic resources, and lead to findings that will be disseminated in the peer-reviewed literature.

Find out about the application procedure and download an application form on the BAS Polar fieldwork opportunities website.

The next closing date for applications is 27 February 2023.

Contact for more information

Antarctic Access Office


Last updated: 9 January 2023

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