Announcement of Opportunity: National capability services & facilities commissioning - isotope and radiocarbon facility

Je-S submission period open: 5 April 2018

Closing date: 16:00 on 26 July 2018

Update 2 August 2018: Updates to reflect recent developments in the expected panel assessment process have been made to both the Isotope and Radiocarbon Announcement of Opportunity (AO) documents. For the Isotope AO this is in paragraph 25 and for Radiocarbon AO it is in paragraph 26.

Update 13 February 2018: Table three in both the Isotope and Radiocarbon Announcement of Opportunity has been updated to remove ambiguity regarding the Case for Support form requirements.

NERC is inviting eligible UK higher education institutions (HEIs), NERC research centres and independent research organisations (IROs) to apply to the second round of services and facilities (S&F) commissioning.

NERC will commission both a single radiocarbon and a single isotope facility for a five-year period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024. The Announcement of Opportunity for both these facilities can be found below.

How to apply

Applicants should complete and submit proposals using the research councils' Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). Applicants must also upload a Case for Support form when submitting their application. Any submission which does not include the Case for Support form will not be considered.

In addition, a maximum of £5 million of transformative capital may be allocated for this round of commissioning. Applicants are invited to include details of any additional capital investment needs for up to three scenarios of £1 million, £3 million and £5 million. Capital requests should be proposed using the justification for transformational capital form and included within the submission.

Please note, there is no guarantee of additional capital investment within this call and S&F should provide evidence that the capability proposed can be delivered without any additional capital.

The assessment panel will meet in October 2018 (date to be confirmed). Applicants will be notified of the outcomes between October and November 2018, with awards starting April 2019.

Further information

For full details, please see the Announcement of Opportunity documents below.

Announcement of Opportunity: Isotope facility (PDF, 179KB)

Announcement of Opportunity: Radiocarbon facility (PDF, 171KB)

Case for Support form (mandatory) (Word, 40KB)

Justification for Transformational Capital form (optional) (Word, 39KB)

The closing date is 16:00 on 26 July 2018.


For further information, please contact the NERC National Capability Services & Facilities Commissioning Management Team at