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NERC Visit Event

Representatives from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be visiting the University next week on Thursday 23rd January 2020. All staff are welcome to attend the event.

Registration: via Eventbrite

9.45-10.00am: Arrival and refreshments

Schedule:

10.00-10.30am: Man Met research overview – Richard Greene/Neil Reeves introduction then Richard Preziosi on EERC and broader environmental science research

10.30-11.00am: Presentations from NERC funded projects – Jian Zhou, Kirsty Shaw, Gina Cavan: 5 minutes each + questions from NERC

11.00-11.30am: Presentations by NERC to whole group – changing funding landscape (UKRI), NERC priorities (delivery plan) and funding opportunities (e.g. GCRF and ISCF, highlight notices), introduce Institutional Partnership and Insight Teams

11.30am-12.00pm: Open session – for all researchers to ask questions based on NERC presentations


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NERC Demand Management: Expressions of Interest

The next NERC Standard Grant deadline will be in mid-July 2020. However, due to NERC’s Demand Management system and the likely internal demand for the next round, we require all potential applicants to complete an Expression of Interest form in order to be considered.

If you are interested in applying to NERC then please contact your Research Development Manager or Officer for further details and for a copy of the EOI form.

Completed forms must be returned to your Research Development Manager no later than Friday 20th December. EOI’s will be assessed internally by members of the NERC peer review college/panels and subject specialists.

To help with planning these are the estimated deadlines for future EOI calls:

  • Monday 8th June 2020 for the mid-January 2021 NERC round
  • Monday 7th December 2020 for the mid-July 2021 NERC round


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NERC Standard Grant Demand Management

NERC’s Discovery Science Standard Grant is now open for applications. Due to NERC’s demand management measures and the popularity of the scheme any potential applicants must internally submit an Expression of Interest in order to proceed to the application stage.

If you wish to apply for the upcoming NERC standard grant please complete the attached form and email it to your Research Development Manager, no later than Monday 30th September.

EOI’s will be assessed internally by members of the NERC Peer Review College/Panels and subject specialists.

Due to the demand management measures only one application will be submitted to NERC.


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The Year Ahead for Physical Sciences, Engineering and the Environment

A version of this article first appeared on Research Professional 08/01/2019 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be announcing their priorities for the next five years in spring – so definitely worth keeping an eye on their websites!

Materials scientist Alison Davenport will report to the STFC this year on a review of the council’s consolidated grants, which account for £100m that the council awards annually in research grants each year.

Aerospace companies competing for a £92 million government contract to carry out a feasibility study on home-grown replacements for the EU’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System will find out if they are successful early this year. The UK is set to stop using Galileo for defense and critical national infrastructure after Brexit.

The NERC’s polar research ship (The RRS Sir David Attenborough) will be undergoing a year of sea trials before before it’s polar expeditions begin in 2020.

In the first few months of 2019 the government will review the implementation of the sector deals on automotive, artificial intelligence, aerospace and nuclear industries.

The year will close with a crucial meeting for UK space with the science minister and representatives from the UK Space Agengy attending the council meeting of the European Space Agency in November – the members will be tasked with setting funding levels.


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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology

Education

  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.

 

 

 


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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

EPSRC

From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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NERC: Call for Ideas for Strategic Research

NERC invites researchers and those who use environmental science research to submit ideas for scientific advances that will, over time, contribute to addressing some of these major challenges of the 21st century. The ideas will be used to inform the development of new strategic research investments through either highlight topics or strategic programme areas.

Deadline for HT ideas: 16 May 2017

For more information on submitting, please visit NERC.