Joint Programme on Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection across Scales, Announcement of Opportunity: Research funding

Please note that clarification has been added to the Announcement of Opportunity to confirm costs are listed as 80% FEC.

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 16:00 on 9 July 2015

NERC and the Met Office are inviting research proposals under a new strategic research programme - Understanding and Representing Atmospheric Convection across Scales.

This is a new programme which aims to achieve a step change in the representation of convection in weather and climate models, an essential requirement for improving predictions of weather related hazards and climate change and their impacts on society. This programme is being funded through NERC's Joint Strategic Response process.

NERC is making a £5m investment over five years and the Met Office will be committing matched resources to the programme under the Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (JWCRP) partnership.

The programme will be delivered in two phases, an initial 'exploratory' phase that lasts three years and a 'consolidation' phase for the final two years.

This call is for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the 'exploratory' phase for three year grants in the range of £200k - £800k (80% FEC). The total available budget for this phase is £3m (80% FEC) and it is anticipated that between 5 and 8 projects will be funded.

Only applicants successful at the Expressions of Interest stage will be invited to proceed to the full proposal stage. Full proposals will be required to be submitted via Je-S by the deadline 24 September 2015.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 16:00 on 9 July 2015.

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity document and Expression of Interest form below for full details of the call and how to apply.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 310KB)

Expression of interest (EoI) form (Word, 109KB)

For further information please contact:

Simon Howe
01793 418015

Dr Alison Stirling
Met Office Convection Team