NERC and NSF widen agreements to simplify UK-US collaboration

29 September 2014

NERC and the US's National Science Foundation (NSF) have widened agreements to make it easier for world-leading environmental scientists to collaborate on discovery science projects and tackling global environmental challenges.

The agreement, between NERC and the NSF's Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), will facilitate partnerships, letting UK and US researchers in relevant disciplines submit a single collaborative proposal to either NERC or NSF.

The agreement with GEO will run alongside an agreement with NSF's Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) that was announced earlier this year.

It will operate through NERC's discovery science schemes and GEO's equivalent schemes in Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, and Polar Programs. It will initially run in 2015 and 2016 using existing budgets and peer-review mechanisms.

It is important to recognise that this agreement does not describe new opportunities for funding; it simply announces a new way for international collaborative proposals to go through existing peer-review mechanisms - simplifying the collaboration process as far as possible.

Proposals must be an integrated UK-US effort to address a topic of interest to both NERC and GEO that would benefit from a collaborative approach.

NERC and NSF plan to evaluate the success of the agreements to determine whether to continue or extend them.

If you are interested in how this agreement might help you, please see NERC's guidance for applicants on the funding for international collaborations page for further information on how to submit a discovery science proposal using the NERC-NSF GEO or DEB agreements.

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