Research infrastructure offered in 2024 call

SIOS offers funded access to research infrastructure owned by our members in and around Svalbard. The infrastructure available in this call is described below.

It is recommended that applicants make contact with the access provider (contact details below) to discuss the requirements of their project before submitting their application. In addition, questions may also be directed to the SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer

When contacting the access provider, please include, as a minimum, the following information:

  • Your name and affiliation.
  • The number of people in your group.
  • Details of your planned fieldwork (dates, location, type of environment, type of work). Please be as specific as possible.
  • The needs of your project, in terms of access, logistical support, equipment, data, other support from staff at the facility.
  • The level of experience and needs for safety training for the members of the group.


The Stanisław Siedlecki Polish Polar Station offers access to SIOS projects throughout the year, up to a limit of 30 person days. The station is run by the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

See here (pdf), the station website and the entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for more details about the station. 

Contact person: Station Manager - Włodzimierz Sielski (

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Hopen and Bear Island

One person can be accommodated at Hopen, and 2 people at Bear Island, for 1-2 weeks. Please write to Thomas Olsen (contact details below) before applying, to check available dates.

The person(s) have to arrange and pay for transport themselves (but the Norwegian Meteorological Institute can give relevant information/guidance). Travel funding of up to 15 000 NOK is available from SIOS. It is not possible to offer a separate office or a lab, but there is space for equipment of reasonable size. 

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute facilitates external institutions' needs for research related equipment and support on the islands. Cost recovery for electricity, Internet connection, accommodation and man-hours for practical support is agreed for each case.

More details about Hopen: and Bear Island: See also entry in European Polar Infrastructure Database for Hopen and Bear Island

Contact person: Thomas Olsen (

Photo: John-Tore Rudborg, MET

Ny-Ålesund Research Station

Ny-Ålesund is a unique station for Arctic research and monitoring of environmental change. Access to facilities in Ny-Ålesund is offered by the Alfred Wegener Institute, the National Research Council of Italy and the Norwegian Polar Institute. You can find information about the research station as a whole in the Researchers Guide to Ny-Ålesund.

Facilities offering access in Ny-Ålesund:

  • On site access to the observatories: Access to the observatory facilities in Ny-Ålesund can be made available for joined observational programmes with the respective PIs. We therefore recommend that potential applicants contact Observatory PIs before submission of applications through Scientific Coordinator Marion Maturilli (contact details below).
  • For more details about the station see the European Polar Infrastructure Database and
  • Contact person: Marion Maturilli (
Dirigible Italia
Sverdrup (Norwegian Polar Institute)


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Longyearbyen - Svalbard Science Centre

The Norwegian Polar Institute offers logistical services for fieldwork across the Arctic from its office in Longyearbyen. It is possible to rent equipment, get field technician support and boat transport services (open Polarcirkel boat within Isfjorden), but there is no access offered to offices or labs. Rifles and scooters are not rented to non-NPI employees

For more details about Svalbard Science Centre see the European Polar Infrastructure Database.

Photo: Christiane Hübner

Ocean Glider

The University of Bergen offers access to an ocean glider (1000-m rated) for limited missions that can be supported within the access call budget. The ocean glider is coordinated and operated by the Norwegian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (NorGliders at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. The operation area of the glider is the ocean area west of Spitsbergen and Isfjorden, and must be in open waters at safe distance from sea ice. 

The user is expected to facilitate deployment and recovery opportunities for the mission and cover the costs for freight and logistics associated with the deployment and recovery (these are not covered by Access). The weekly rate for the glider in 2025 is 30 000 NOK. A start-up cost of 4 weeks must be included for preparations, tests, and the occupation of the glider for freight and similar. 1-week access cost is thus (5x30 000) 150 000 NOK, and 3 weeks cost is (7x30 000) 210 000. The maximum mission duration that can be sought is 11 weeks (450 000 NOK). The user can apply for such a relatively long mission by supplementing the SIOS Access funding by other means. In the case of a failed mission with no or reduced data return, a minimum of 1 week (150 000 NOK) cost must be covered.

Contact person: Ilker Fer (

Photo: Ilker Fer