Mount Everest Foundation
Supporting the exploratory

Applying for Support


The MEF strongly encourages expeditions that explore mountain regions.

Expeditions that plan geographical exploration, first ascents or new routes on high or remote mountains are likely to qualify, as are education and research projects in a wide range of subjects, including geography, glaciology and the effects of altitude. Applications from expeditions proposing to visit little-explored or formerly inaccessible areas are particularly encouraged. Further information can be found by downloading the Application Guidelines, and Privacy Policyon how we use your data.

The Foundation also awards the Alison Chadwick Memorial Grant to deserving female expeditions or individual female climbers, the Roger Chorley Memorial Grant, and the Nick Estcourt Award.

Applications and supporting documentation should be submitted by email to the MEF Secretary. Closing dates for receipt of completed applications are the 31st January for expeditions talking place after mid-April of that current year, and the 30th September for those expeditions taking place after mid-November the same year and before the end of the following year. These dates are strictly observed, and expeditions are never considered in retrospect. A Screening Committee meets to consider these applications twice a year – in November and March.

After the expedition a summary report, account of expenses and two high resolution images must be submitted to the MEF Secretary. A Final Report is required as soon as possible afterwards. Failure to observe this important requirement may result in expedition members being refused future support. Copies of MEF reports are held by the Alpine Club (available to download from the Alpine Club Library), the Royal Geographical Society and the British Mountaineering Council.