Announcement of Opportunity: Soil Security - Small grants

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 9 August 2016

NERC is inviting proposals under the Soil Security programme for research projects costing between £150,000 and £250,000 (80% full economic cost), and of up to 24 months' duration.

The projects will complement the existing portfolio of research and address the goals of the programme to seek an improved and predictive understanding of:

  • the ability of soils to perform multiple functions in different contexts and at different scales, and
  • their ability to resist, recover and adapt to perturbations, such as those caused by land use change and extreme climatic events.

The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme, with support from the Scottish Government, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The research undertaken as part of this programme will deliver improved forecasts of the response of the soil system to changes in climate, vegetation or land management at scales of analysis which match the scale of decision making.

Funding of up to £1·7 million (80% full economic cost) is available for this call.

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

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 9 August 2016

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 94KB)


For further information please contact:

Jennifer Wickens