Announcement of Opportunity: Uncertainty in Climate Sensitivity due to Clouds

Proposal closing date: 16:00 on 4 June 2019

NERC invites proposals to the call Uncertainty in Climate Sensitivity due to Clouds Programme.

The programme seeks to award up to four grants of up to £2·35 million at 80% full economic cost. Projects should have a start date no later than 1 February 2020 and last up to four years in length.

Proposals will be required to demonstrate their contribution to a robust pathway from fundamental science (field campaigns, laboratory work, theory) to more accurate estimates of climate model climate sensitivity.

The research undertaken in this programme is anticipated to address the following research questions:

  1. Which regions and cloud types dominate the uncertainty in cloud feedback in climate models, and how are changes in these clouds controlled?

  2. How do clouds respond to the full range of potential forcing agents?

  3. What are the most important small-scale processes that control cloud feedbacks, and how well can we observe and simulate them?

  4. How do clouds interact with the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere and how are these interactions modulated by the ocean?

Proposals are not required to address every aspect of the scope - for example, not all proposals are anticipated to undertake new field campaigns.

Normal individual eligibility apply to this call, and are detailed in Section C of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook (see Downloads box). Research organisation eligibility rules are also found in this section.

Investigators may be involved in no more than two proposals submitted to this call and only one of these may be as the lead principal investigator.

Further information on the call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 106KB)

The closing date for submission of proposals is 16:00 on 4 June 2019.


For all enquiries, please contact:

Georgina Colley
01793 411506