Announcement of Opportunity: Soil Security - Consortia awards

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 30 July 2014

The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme funded by NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government that aims to secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems and the services they deliver to people - such as sustainable agriculture, flood and disease regulation, carbon storage and clean water. The Soil Security programme is aligned with the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, and with Defra activities in this area. The programme is administered by NERC on behalf of the funders.

On behalf of the programme funders, NERC is inviting proposals for consortia projects requesting funds between £1m and £2·5m (80% FEC), and of up to three years' duration, which will address the objectives of the programme as stated in the Announcement of Opportunity.

Funding of up to £5m is available to support projects submitted to this call. Within that total, up to £0·5m is available from the Scottish Government primarily to support the costs of the participation in joint proposals of its Main Research Providers for rural affairs and the environment, which are not eligible for research council funding.

It is expected two to four projects will be supported from this call, depending on the size and quality of the proposals received.

Applicants are referred to the Announcement of Opportunity for further details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 307KB)

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 30 July 2014.

For further information please contact:

Beth Taylor
01793 411752