The Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF) loans equipment suitable for geophysical research free of charge to universities and other institutes engaged in environmental research within the NERC remit.
The Facility operates as three nodes :-
- GEF (Edinburgh) is located within the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and forms the central administrative node and specialises in support for Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Geomagnatism and Terrestrial Laser Scanning.
- GEF (Leicester) - SEIS-UK is located within the Department of Geology at Leicester University and specialises in support for Seismology.
- OBIF (Ocean Bottom Instrument Facility) is located within Durham and Southampton Universities and specialises in seabed multi-sensor geophysical instrumentation.
Information is provided within these web pages for new and existing users of our equipment. If you wish to borrow equipment and have not done so before, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.
New for 2013! The GEF is piloting a new scheme for certain smaller loans of GPS equipment with relaxed application and reporting requirements. Please see this document for full details.
The next deadline for applications to the Facility is Friday 18th April 2014. Applicants should ensure they have the most current version of our application form available in the Forms section of this website.
If you are applying to NERC for a research grant that depends on GEF support, it is important to discuss your requirements with us prior to submission of the grant application. It is also important to state on fellowship, studentship/DTP and grant application forms what services and facilities you require and who you have contacted at the GEF to discuss your work. Estimated facility costs should be costed into research grants under "Other directly incurred costs". Further information available in the NERC Grants Handbook. From 20th August 2013, PIs will need to submit a mandatory technical assessment document with their grant application, please Contact Us with your equipment requirements and we will provide this document detailing the estimated cost.
See our Publications page for reports from our users on the results of their research projects around the world.