Australian Antarctic Science Program

The Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) operates within the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) to deliver world-class scientific research consistent with Australia’s Antarctic science strategic priorities.

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted on the AAP’s ability to support the full suite of science activities scheduled for the AAD’s four research stations in the 2020–21 season. Maintaining the health and safety of expeditioners currently on stations is the focus of this season, so the majority of support will be dedicated to changeover and resupply. This will regrettably result in the suspension of some science project field activities, but work on automated data collection will continue.

Current approved projects

Chief investigators of current AASP projects can access their applications through the Antarctic Applications Online (AAO) system.


Variations to current approved projects can be requested as part of the annual reporting process. Chief investigators seeking a variation outside of this process must contact Science Planning and Coordination and a request for variation form will be provided. Notification of a decision may take up to four weeks, so a reasonable time for consideration of the request is required.