Security of Supply of Mineral Resources - Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date: 16:00 on 17 July 2014

Updated 4 June 2014: The section on FAPESP in the AO (page 4) has been updated.
Updated 27 June 2014: The definition of e-Tech elements in scope (page 1) has been clarified.

This call is only open to SoS Mineral Resources catalyst grant holders.

Security of Supply of Mineral Resources is an interdisciplinary programme of research focusing on the science needed to sustain the security of supply of strategic minerals in a changing environment. The programme is funded by NERC and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The programme has two high-level goals:

  1. To quantify the processes mobilising and concentrating mineral associations supporting environmental technologies (environmental technologies (ie low carbon emitting) are mentioned here as only one of the strategic drivers informing which minerals/elements the programme will focus on).
  2. To predict the environmental impact of low carbon extraction/recovery of strategic minerals.

In phase 1 of the programme, 13 catalyst grants were awarded to enable researchers to develop realistic and relevant research strategies and research partnerships with the potential for significant national/international impact.

Catalyst grant holders are now invited to bid for large research grants, as part of phase 2 of the SoS Mineral Resources programme.

Funding of up to £7m is available to support around three or four projects submitted to this call, with additional funding available through the RCUK lead agency agreement with FAPESP to fund collaborating researchers in São Paulo, Brazil.

See the Announcement of Opportunity below for details of the call. You should also refer to the Science & Implementation Plan, which describes the priorities of the programme (available on the Security of Supply of Mineral Resources page).

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 219KB)

The closing date for proposals is 16:00 on 17 July 2014.


If you have any queries, please contact:

Lucy Hopewell
01793 411920