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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are seeking research on the following issue:

In the 2015/16 UK Budget, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) was assigned funds to acquire seismic and other geoscience data in under-explored areas of the UK Continental Shelf in order to improve regional evaluations and stimulate future exploration activity by improving the fundamental geological understanding of these areas. Two areas were selected for surveying, in collaboration with industry, and the seismic acquisition work has been completed, and data processing is continuing. The surveys cover the Rockall Trough and the Mid North Sea High with a total of up to 40,000 km of new and legacy seismic data (including a substantial set of Broadband 2D seismic data), supplemented by gravity and magnetic data. These data packages will have been processed and will be available for interpretation from end Q1 2016.

More information on the surveys (including spatial data) is available from the OGA website: In order to derive full public benefit from the data, the OGA is offering academic bodies funding for post-doctoral research using the newly acquired and legacy datasets. This proposal would involve one-off grant funding of these research activities.

Deadline for proposals: 24 February

Funding available: £500,000

For more information, please contact

For more information on bidding for tenders, see:



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