BETR Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date: 16:00 BST (15:00 UTC) on 27 July 2016

NERC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are inviting proposals to the Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience (BETR) strategic research programme.

The aim of the BETR programme is to advance understanding of the evolution of the biosphere by integrating excellent palaeoscience (eg palaeontology, geochemistry, geochronology and phylogenomics) and cutting edge modelling. The programme will address three key questions:

  1. When and how were the stability/resilience regimes of the biosphere transformed?
  2. Do environmental or biotic drivers govern evolutionary change?
  3. How have the coupled biogeochemical cycles changed through time?

Proposals are sought for collaborative research projects involving UK and Chinese researchers. NERC have a budget of £4 million for this call and NSFC have 9 million yuan. NERC funds will be used to support UK researchers, while NSFC funds will fund Chinese researchers. The funders anticipate awarding three grants of up to £1·5 million (at 100% full economic cost - £1·2 million at 80%) for the UK component and 3 million yuan for the Chinese component.

Applicants should refer to the full Announcement of Opportunity for more details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 151KB)

Annex A NSFC budget form (Word, 21KB)


Nicola Lewis
01793 411739