Pre-Announcement – Strategic Capital Call 2020

NERC will shortly be inviting proposals to its Strategic Capital Call.

The Strategic Capital Call 2020 will fund strategic equipment and development of built infrastructure that creates a new research capability. Assets funded through the call will allow the research community to deliver world-class and cutting-edge environmental science, generate exciting scientific discovery and build on effective and efficient capability to sustain and enhance high quality, world-leading research.

Proposals for this call will only be considered if there is sufficient evidence that the proposed asset aligns with the NERC environmental science remit and meets NERC’s essential criteria for capital investment. Guidelines for capital funding can be found here. Further information on the call including eligibility, the assessment criteria and how to apply, will be outlined in the Announcement of Opportunity (AO), due to be released shortly.

A total of £5m will be made available through this call. Proposals must be between £500k and £1m. Successful proposals will be funded at 100% FCC/FEC.


Applications are welcome from eligible research organisations and NERC-funded Centres. Eligible institutions may submit a maximum of two proposals with a total combined value not exceeding £1.5m. In such instances, only one proposal may be for built infrastructure.


Please note all dates are indicative and subject to change.

  • NERC AO release: late August 2020
  • Full proposal submission deadline: late October 2020
  • Panel assessment: late November 2020
  • Procurement to start by: February 2021
  • Procurement to end by: March 2023


For all enquiries on the Strategic Capital Call 2020, please contact Rebecca Smith via