Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (ASCI)

Up to $5M is available from ASCI to support science and research priorities, particularly those relating to climate science, in the Australian Antarctic Territory.


Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (ASCI)

The Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (ASCI) will support the operation and activities of the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership – a new collaborative Antarctic research partnership that will bring together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership will be Australia’s leading research partnership in Southern Ocean and Antarctic Science, focusing on the Australian Antarctic Territory, Southern Ocean and Australia’s sub-Antarctic islands. It is expected that the partnership will include, but not be limited to, the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Tasmania.

ASCI will deliver against the Australian Government’s commitment to strategic, long-term investment in science and support our science and research priorities, particularly those relating to climate science.



The objectives of the ASCI program are:

  • to support research that aims to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications on marine ecosystems
  • to enable the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership to undertake collaborative science, research and innovation activities under the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan and Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan
  • to secure Antarctic science jobs in Hobart.



There is a single grant opportunity of $50 million over 10 years from 2019/20 until 30 June 2029.

The grant will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, however there is an expectation that the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership provides additional contributions, whether cash or inkind.

A grant of $5 million per year for 10 years will be provided to the recipient. All grant activities must be completed by 30 June 2029.


Eligible Projects

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • activities to improve our understanding of the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the global climate system;
  • collaborative field and marine projects and monitoring aligned with objectives identified in the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan, including:
    • science and monitoring programs
    • observations and experimental studies
    • process studies
    • data integration, availability, synthesis and modelling
    • decision support tools.

These activities should take the form of national or international scientific collaborations that support the Australian Antarctic Program.

Eligible activities must complement and not duplicate research activities funded through other government programs including the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative and the Australian Antarctic Division Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities.

You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date for it to be eligible unless stated otherwise.

Eligible expenditure can be incurred by the lead applicant and by project partners, with the exception of non-corporate Commonwealth entities. Grant funding is not able to be used to fund the activities of non-corporate Commonwealth entities.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be authorised to represent the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership.



Applications close 5 February 2019.


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