Following feedback from the community NERC have strengthened the guidance on their submission rules. Please refer to the NERC website for more details. In addition the research grants and fellowships handbook has also been updated.
Please note that these rules will apply for all future closing dates including the forthcoming Highlight Topic, Independent Research Fellowship and Large Grant closing dates. This includes international calls where applicants might be based at an overseas organisation, so Principal Investigators should ensure that all component proposals are aware and meeting the requirements.
The main changes are:
Applicants to a standard, large or knowledge exchange grant call may submit up to one proposal as the Principal or as a Co-Investigator, and one further proposal as a non-lead Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. Involvement of a UK investigator in a submission to NSF (under the NSF-NERC Lead Agency agreement) counts as a submission as non-lead PI/Co-I to the July NERC standard grant round. However, the submission rules are also in line with the demand management cap on institutional submission numbers to the standard grant rounds and so you must contact the RKEO Funding Development Team if you are considering applying to this NERC call.
Large grant proposals will only be accepted if an outline proposal has previously been submitted and invited to proceed to the full proposal stage.
There is further information on the NERC website confirming submission deadlines, proposal attachments, font sizes and margins.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has today published plans for how it will manage the increasing demand for its research funding. Their aim is to have fewer, high-quality applications so the best social science is funded in the most effective way.
They will be introducing an initial programme of measures of improved self-regulation and a change to their existing peer review practices and submission policies.
These measures include:
- the introduction of an invited-only resubmission policy as of June 2011
- revised sifting mechanisms (greater use of outline applications and earlier sifting for standard grants)
- issue more tightly specified calls on managed mode schemes which address the ESRC strategic priorities
After 12 months of these initial measures the ESRC will review their effectiveness, to establish whether further steps need to be taken to manage demand. In case further steps are required the ESRC welcome your views on the potential options, particularly in relation to the following questions:
- Which main demand management options are worthy of further development and why?
- How might those options be further developed and refined?
- Which, if any of the main demand management options, would you not consider for further development and why?
- Overall, which of the options offers the best opportunities to effectively manage demand whilst ensuring the flow of high-quality research applications? Are there any further options which are not included in this paper whcich should be considered by us as part of our demand management strategy?
The deadline for the submission of responses is 16 June 2011. These should be completed using the form on ‘SurveyMonkey’ at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/demand_management.
We would encourage all academic staff researching in the social sciences to respond to the consultation.
To ensure your research proposal stands the best chance of success use BU’s internal peer review scheme – the Research Proposal Review Service.
Since taking up my new post as PVC in January I have been sending out messages of congratulations and good luck each week to all those either awarded or submitting a Research & Enterprise bid. I intend to continue this practice but also to make use of the blog in order to do this. It is important in my view to celebrate the submission of new Research & Enterprise bids and wish our colleagues good luck!
I am a week behind so here with a double dose. For the week ending the 18 March I would like to wish Elizabeth Rosser, Janet Scammell, Ian Donaldson, Sara White and Mel Hughes of HSC good luck with their Nuffield Foundation bid and I am pleased to acknowledge the success of Karen Rees and Keith Brown in being awarded various recent bids from regional County Councils and NHS Trusts. Ross Hill in ApSci has been successful with a bid to UK Space Agency and Holger Schutkowski, Browen Russell and Richard Stillman have also all put in recent bids. Richard’s bid for work on the Severn Barrage is particularly significant. Finally I would like to draw particular attention to Janet Dickinson’s success with an EPSRC grant and Clive Allen and Barry Surman are to be congratulated with respect to two KTP Schemes awarded this week.
For the week ending the 25 March I would like to acknowledge a large clutch of bids from HSC. Good luck are due to: Catherine Angell, Sara Crabtree, Fiona Cowdell, Carol Bond and Clive Andrews. The latter contract to the NHS South West is particularly noteworthy. The following people in HSC had bids awarded this week: Joanne Holmes, Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor, Keith Brown, Clive Andrews, and Peter Thomas which is all great news! Richard Gordon put in a bid for a provision of a short course in SoT and Fabian Homberg (BS) submitted a small grant to the British Academy.
Professor Matthew Bennett
PVC (Research, Enterprise & Internationalisation)