The SPI has launched dedicated funding opportunities to complement existing offers and fill gaps linked to the specific needs of science undertaken in polar regions. The Polar Access Fund offers young researchers funding to complement their research with a field trip to a polar region. The SPI Exploratory grants offer funding to start new collaborations and fund logistics related to research projects in high latitudes. Additionally, students can benefit from SPI funding to participate in international field and summer schools.

In 2019, for the first time the SPI issued calls for new funding instruments dedicated to technology development and art-science collaboration. The “SPI Technogrants” are aimed at funding the development of instrumentation and technologies relevant for polar sciences. PolARTS is a pilot collaboration between Pro Helvetia and SPI aiming at promoting exchange between arts and polar sciences. More information can be found on the dedicated pages.

The SPI Flagship Initiatives, multi-annual programmes combining science and technology projects from different disciplines around a polar or remote high-altitude focus region, will be launched in 2021.

Find out more about SPI's beneficiaries and their field experiences on our blog Fieldnotes.