NERC have announced the deadlines for their competition targeting curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. The primary criterion for assessment is scientific excellence, with all applications subjected to an Initial Review stage that makes decisions on which proposals should proceed to external review. Moderating Panels meet annually in June and December to grade the applications and make recommendations for funding.
The minimum that can be requested per complete proposal and per component is £65,000 (100% Full Economic Cost) and the maximum for the complete proposal is £1·2 million (100% Full Economic Cost). A validation on the Je-S form will prevent proposals requesting less than £65,000 from being submitted.
For 2014 the actual January closing date will be 21 January at 4pm; don’t forget at BU you will need to submit 5 working days prior to this as it requires Institutional Submission through Je-S and as it is an RCUK funder, it will also need to undergo the RPRS. NERC does have demand management measures in place and therefore the assistance you will receive via this is critical.
You can find out more on the grants on the NERC webpage and don’t forget to let your RKE Operations Officer know if you intend on applying.