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  • Science conducted in and around polar and high-altitude regions is critical to understanding the evolution of the Earth’s climate.
  • Due to the complex logistics, challenging access and difficult safety conditions in these extreme environments, the Swiss polar community requires specific competencies and dedicated support.
  • The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) offers tailored support to scientists based in Switzerland who work in polar regions and remote high-altitude environments.


SPI Exploratory Grants and SPI Technogrants
Editions 2022 open until 19 October


The calls for proposals SPI Exploratory Grants and SPI Technogrants are now open! Swiss researchers active in polar regions and remote high-altitude areas are welcome to submit an application until 19 October 2022, 12:00 (Swiss time).

For more information about the eligibility criteria and the access to the application forms, visit:

The dedicated webpages for the SPI Exploratory Grants and the SPI Technogrants.

© Lisa Bröder, all rights reserved
© Lisa Bröder, all rights reserved

Mertz Fellowship

The Mertz fellowship aims to intensify collaboration and networking between Swiss and Australian polar and high altitude science communities. It is dedicated to PhD students and ECRs (maximum 5 years after the PhD award at the time of the proposal submission) based in Switzerland and Australia, and active in polar and high altitude research.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 October 2022, 11:00 pm (CET).

The details about the eligibility, the evaluation criteria, the submission process and the application form can be found on this webpage.

"The ice cliff at Land's End. Mertz on ski." © Xavier Mertz (1913), from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales
"The ice cliff at Land's End. Mertz on ski." © Xavier Mertz (1913), from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales

Explore all SPI funded projects

Every year the Swiss Polar Institute awards competitive grants to scientific projects in the Arctic, Antarctic and remote high-altitude regions. This section offers an overview of the scientific projects supported by the Swiss Polar Institute in polar and high-altitude regions.




Funding for field access, logistics and technology


Expeditions organised by the SPI


Information events, scientific workshops and conferences


swiss polar class educational programme

Health and Safety

Courses and support measures for fieldwork