The Platform is supporting a range of short-medium term research projects alongside our core long-term projects. These projects allow us to be responsive to changing research priorities and new opportunities, and to attract new talent and capability.
The Antarctic Science Platform’s Opportunities Fund aims to support researchers in taking advantage of unexpected, high priority opportunities, which are not supported by other means. Such opportunities could leverage an important capability, a substantial international effort, or contribute a unique and critical Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.
This contestable funding provides grants of up to NZ$100,000.
Applications for the Opportunities Fund have now closed. See below for a full list of funded projects.
A small contestable research funding round was run in 2019, with a focus on data analysis and the development of early career researchers.
Weddell seals can tell us about the health of the Southern Ocean – how have Ross Sea populations been doing over the past ten years, and what environmental conditions cause instability in their populations?
Platelet ice contributes to Antarctic fast ice volume and is an important biological habitat – what are the regional atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions driving its formation?
Hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice lies a network of lakes and rivers – is this connected to the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area, and what does this mean for the surrounding ocean?
Submarine canyons can serve as pathways for water, sediment and organic carbon transport to the deep ocean – what is the role of Antarctic submarine canyons in global ocean circulation and ecosystem functioning?
Very little is known about the ecosystem under floating Antarctic ice shelves - what microbial processes occur in this permanently dark environment?
The effect of melting polar ice sheets on our environment and ecosystems remains uncertain - can the coupling of ice sheet and climate models be improved to make more robust predictions for the future?