The Platform supports four large scale research projects that fall under two main Programmes; the Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world and Ross Sea Region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world.
The funding is for $49 million over seven years.
In Budget 2017 a new Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) for Antarctic science was announced. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment then invited Antarctica New Zealand to develop a plan to host the Antarctic Science Platform. In 2018 MBIE contracted Antarctica New Zealand to host the Antarctic Science Platform. More information about the Platform can be found here