SHEAR Announcement of Opportunity: Catalyst grants - Full proposal stage

Closing date (invited full proposals): 16:00 (BST/UTC+1) on 10 April 2018

Full proposals are invited for the Catalyst call as part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and NERC.

SHEAR is a five-year international, interdisciplinary programme which aims to support improved disaster resilience and humanitarian response by advancing monitoring, assessment and prediction of natural hazards and risks across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Through working with users, bring this into use in reducing the impacts of disasters.

This is a closed call (invited applicants only) that aims to support small projects with a maximum project cost to NERC of £250,000; this is made up of UK institutions eligible for standard 80% full economic cost with the usual exceptions paid at 100% and non-UK organisations eligible for 100% direct project costs. The total available budget for this call is £2·5 million and it is anticipated that 10-12 projects will be funded. It is expected that projects will start between September and November 2018 and have a maximum duration of two years.

Projects must focus on weather-related hazards such as floods and droughts, heatwaves and the events weather can trigger, such as landslides - and improving peoples' resilience to these, in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. The Catalyst grants should not duplicate already funded research, including current SHEAR grants, but will compliment ongoing activities. They should be coherent activities to address the SHEAR goals. Projects that include an interdisciplinary approach are welcome.

All projects are required to have a Principal Investigator based in a UK Research Organisation eligible for NERC funding. Projects with co-investigators and researchers based in other organisations, particularly in low and middle-income countries, are strongly encouraged, but will receive funding through the lead UK Principal Investigator's research organisation. The lead Principal Investigator should not change from the Outline bid to the full proposal stage.

This is a call for full proposals and is only open to those applicants who were invited to submit following submission of a successful Outline Bid application. Any other applications received will be rejected and not assessed.

Invited full proposals must be submitted via the UK Research Councils' Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system before 16:00 (BST/UTC+1) on 10 April 2018.

Please see the full proposal Announcement of Opportunity below for full details of the call.

Announcement of opportunity - Full proposal (PDF, 513KB)