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General Information

Roughly half of the Arctic region is in Russia.  Working in the Russian Arctic requires understanding of the culture, both current and those from the past that have shaped the political and social systems of today. The Battelle ARO team understands the environmental logistics challenges of the Russian Arctic, as well as the geopolitical and cultural structures and can facilitate safe execution of research project support.

Battelle ARO's support Services May Include:

The Battelle ARO team will assist researchers in Russia with tailored logistics support plans based on researcher needs and the researcher’s ability for self-sufficiency.  For more information on support available for Russia based projects, please reach out to our International Science PM or [email protected].

Steps for executing your field season



During this process, pIease work with Battelle ARO to develop a proposed logistics plan and review the Suggested Reading by NSF. The PI should also investigate all costs, including permitting and outreach, that need to be included in their proposal submission. Additional information can be found on our Proposal Estimate Support page.


Battelle ARO securely saves your project record in our system. Records outline your science objectives, along with logistics plans for your fieldwork. If your proposal is recommended for award, the PI reviews the record and the project summary is provided to NSF.


There are several steps in planning for a successful field season. Teams members should sign up for all applicable Field safety training, acquire all needed permits, review interaction plans and work with your assigned Project Manager to finalize all planning to safely and efficiently execute your fieldwork.


Following the plan developed at the pre-fieldwork planning stage, PIs conduct fieldwork according to the planned scope and budget. Communicate any changes or deviations to your Project Manager and they will determine next steps.


Reporting incidents and near misses is integral to NSF's risk management program. Lessons learned are considered anonymously to make improvements in program safety. Report incidents to your Project Manager, via the Gateway, or by contacting NSF directly.

Developing Your Russia Field Plan

Chukotka Science Support Group

  • Guides
  • Letters of invitation
  • Assist with local permission to visit sensitive areas
  • Permit requirements

Explore Kamchatka

  • Guides
  • Letters of invitation
  • Assist with local permission to visit sensitive areas,
  • Permit requirements guides
  • Food/meals
  • Rent ATVs, boats, barges, and cars

North East Science Station / Pleistocene Park

  • Logistics
  • Research support
  • Partner/collaborate with projects
  • Year-round science technical support
  • Assistance with proposal estimates
  • Support at the station and along the Kolyma River north to the Arctic Ocean

South Russian Regional Centre for Preparation and Implementation of International Projects Limited (CPPI-S Ltd)    

  • Assist with cargo import/export
  • Obtain supplies in European
  • Russia for projects
  • Transport samples within Russia for export and export
  • Conduct ongoing sampling and monitoring for long-term projects requiring on year-round measurements.

Tomsk State University (TSU)

  • Remote camp operations
  • Transport (including over tundra vehicles, boats)
  • Guides
  • Local community support, guides
  • Letters of invitation

Siberian Environmental Change Network (SECnet)

  • Logistics network in various locations
  • Guides
  • Letters of invitation
  • Assistance with local permission to visit sensitive areas
  • Permit requirements