The newly formed Antarctic Research Institute has announced grants for seven projects.
The institute is giving a total of $574,00 for research into subjects such as the impact of ice and glacier breaks and the adaptation of sea creatures to warmer, more acidic habitats.
Director Gary Wilson says the money may not sound like much but is a big boost for Antarctic research, which is not well funded.
The grants are for one year and researchers can reapply next year.
The institute was established last year as a public-private partnership.