The Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF) loans equipment suitable for land based geophysical research free of charge to universities and other institutes engaged in research within the NERC remit.
The Facility operates as three nodes :-
- GEF (Edinburgh) is located within the Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh and forms the central administrative node and specialises in support for GPS, GPR, Geomagnatism and 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 deadline for applications to the Facility has now PASSED. The next deadline is expected to be in October 2013.. 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 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". This is not necessary for studentships. Further information available in the NERC Grants Handbook. Please Contact Us with your equipment requirements and we will provide the estimated cost.
See our Publications page for reports from our users on the results of their research projects around the world.