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The UK Space Agency is making funding available for Aurora science.
The purpose of this AO is to support science and operations associated with Martian planetary exploration and to enhance the UK’s capabilities and cross-disciplinary approach to planetary science. The ExoMars programme is already underway, with an orbiter already at Mars.
A key goal of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is to detect and characterise trace gases in the Martian atmosphere and gain a better understanding of methane and other atmospheric gases that are present in small concentrations but could be evidence for possible biological or geological activity. The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover, now due for launch in 2022, will search Mars for signs of biosignatures from past life preserved within the subsurface via drilling up to 2 metres into the surface.
This scheme is open to academics and individual scientists from the UK or overseas, working at UK Research Organisations, for proposals to fund:
Fellowships to develop promising early career researchers
Post Doctorate Research Assistants
Support for academics
Applications are particularly welcome in the following areas:
InSight and TGO data exploitation
Work that underpins the analysis of ExoMars data, including modelling/theory
Support activities in preparation for Mars Sample Return.