What's New



28th August, 2018







Many have been enquiring whether NZARI will have an RFP this year. It has been decided that we hold off this year with a focus of announcing a significant call in June 2019. All current funded projects will proceed as planned for the 18/19 season




A recent development in NZARI has been that our International Science Panel (ISP) has been adopted by the Antarctic Science Platform to serve in an advisory role as an Independent Science Panel. NZARI has been in discussions with Gillian Wratt (Chair of the Antarctic Science Platform Steering Group) about the Platform’s proposed contestable rounds. It is our joint hope that the NZARI and Platform contestable rounds will be run together next year.




Prof. Craig Cary, Director





 28th February, 2018




NZARI will support 18 scientists to present their research at the SCAR Open Science Conference, POLAR2018, which will be held in Davos, Switzerland in June 2018. The awardees include postgraduate research students, early career researchers and more established scientists from Waikato, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago universities, NIWA, GNS Science and Bodeker Science.

The Acting Director for NZARI, Prof. Craig Cary says "Providing travel support for our researchers to attend international meetings is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting NZARI initiatives, as it puts our researchers on the international stage, providing exposure for their research ideas, valuable critique and golden opportunities for building their networks."

SCAR is the international body co-ordinating scientific effort across Antarctica and the Southern Ocean from its 39 member countries.

Given New Zealand’s role in Antarctica, it is important that we are well represented at the SCAR conference and it is important to have our up-and-coming researchers exposed to other international research in Antarctica.



13th November, 2017  



NZARI RfP 2018-2, Type C Grants


Deadline: Wednesday, 20 December 2017 at 5pm.

NZARI will provide 15 travel grants of up to $3,000 (excl. gst) for New Zealand researchers to present their work at the SCAR Open Science Conference POLAR2018, from 15-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland. All New Zealand-based scientists presenting research at the SCAR Conference are eligible, though some preference will be given to early career presenters (up to 5 years post PhD), student presenters, and researchers who do not have access to conference funds through their home institutions. NZARI will consider top-up grants where applicants have access to partial support from other sources.


In order to apply for the funding, complete the POLAR2018_Travel_Support_Template and submit it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject line: “SCAR travel grant” by Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.


Applicants will be notified in early February 2018.




4th August, 2017  

Request for Proposals (NZARI RFP 2018-1)


Type A‐Research Projects of Excellence in Antarctic, Subantarctic and Southern Ocean Research.


Deadline: Monday, 18 September 2017 at 5pm.


The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) is seeking investigator-initiated proposals for short-term research projects (1-2 years in duration and requests of up to $100,000 excl. GST).

In addition to standard proposals, NZARI invites Type A projects led by Postdoctoral scholars.

This year, NZARI is particularly interested to receive proposals for research associated with the RV Tangaroa voyages to the Ross Sea Region in 2018 and 2019.


Find out more here: http://nzari.aq/supporting-research/request-for-proposals



Whales, drones and ice: Six bold new Kiwi studies




Media Statement - 14 February 2017

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) will support six new projects in 2017 to determine the impacts and implications of current and future warming in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Covering a wide range of topics, these projects use an array of new and emerging technologies; from unmanned aerial vehicles to the deployment of specialised probes for under-ice surveillance. One of the projects will attempt to make measurements of the ocean in front of Scott Base as it freezes in the -40°C temperatures of the Antarctic winter.

Director of NZARI Prof Gary Wilson says, “The degree of potential disruption to the coastal and near-shore regions of Antarctica from ocean and climate warming is an overarching theme of the research being supported. From algae to toothfish, there is a clear focus on the potential for living species to resist the changes in ocean conditions brought about by global warming.”

The awards are part of NZARI’s broader effort to accelerate the answers to climate change questions facing the globe, and in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand to advance the New Zealand Science Strategy in Antarctica.

“These new projects will help us to understand whether the Antarctic environment and ecosystems will be able to cope with warming temperatures and changing conditions, including possible tipping points that may result in accelerated change.”

“The work is urgent as the planet faces exceptional rates of warming. The Polar Regions and their ice sheets and oceans are particularly vulnerable. Some of the projects will also help with the implementation of the newly created Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.”

NZARI will invest $500,000 in the new projects and actively collaborate with other Antarctic research institutions for substantial co-funding.

Access to some of the most challenging Antarctic environments in the Ross Sea region is possible through logistical support from Antarctica New Zealand.