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Research Applications

Any organisation or individual wishing to undertake research on St Helena, or within its territorial boundary (the 200 nautical mile Marine Protected Area), requires a Research Licence.

The Research Licence application is intended to help determine whether the proposed research is feasible on island, whether it aligns with St Helena’s laws, policies and strategic priorities, and what additional assessments and licences or permits may be required.

The Research Licence application process is coordinated by the St Helena Research Institute on behalf of the St Helena Research Council.

We recommend that researchers contact the Research Institute early in project planning to discuss proposed research and to ensure that any problems or opportunities can be addressed. Enquiries should be directed to All completed applications will be submitted to the St Helena Research Council who will return the decision to the applicant.

How to apply

Step 2
Protocol for researchers

Please make sure you sign and return Protocol for Researchers along with your completed application form and any other supporting documentation identified in your application.

Step 3

The Research Council meet to review and determine applications quarterly, on the first Thursday of the months of February, May, August and November. The deadline for submission of applications in advance of the Research Council meeting will be six weeks. Applicants can expect a response within two weeks of the meeting at which the application was considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least three months in advance of their project start date or expected start date if project funding is to be confirmed.

License Fees

For successful applications, there is a £250.00 fee for issuing a Research Licence. There is a reduced charge for MSc studies of £100.00.

The Research Council will consider requests for a waiver of the Research Licence fee under special circumstances.

Please note that if your proposed research requires a licence under the Environmental Protection Ordinance, 2016, there is an additional fee of £100.00.

Download research application/protocol/guidelines here

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