The contest to come up with plans for the scientific outpost is expected to attract even more entries than the hugely popular Kielder Observatory competition, which brought in a huge number of bids from practices around the world.
The organisers of the competition, the island's regional authority, are looking to build a 527m2 building on a tricky 2,150m-high site.
Architects will also have to design a new entrance building further down the glacier - a structure which is expected to cost 1.1 million euros (£700,000) of the project's overall 3.8 million euros (£2.5 million) budget.
A shortlist of three practices is expected to be named before a finalist is eventually chosen.
For more details about the contest visit www.ted.europa.eu (reference TED-2007-38636-FR).