Announcement of Opportunity: Present and Future climate hazard / Embedded Researcher scheme - call for host organisations

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is inviting submissions to further opportunities through the UK Climate Resilience programme, funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The programme aims to draw together fragmented climate research and expertise to deliver robust, multi- and inter-disciplinary research into climate risks and adaptation solutions.

  1. Present and future climate hazard

    Proposals are invited to develop and evaluate new methods and techniques to characterise current and future climate hazards and underlying driving processes, including understanding the robustness of the methods.

    As a minimum, applications should include hazards related to precipitation and temperatures, including their extremes. Proposals are encouraged which consider derived hazard indices or other metrics, including joint hazard and persistent events, of relevance to UK climate resilience.

    For this opportunity up to £700K available, to be delivered through a maximum of two projects, each up to the value of £350K (at 80% FEC).

    Projects should have a start date no later than 3 August 2020 and have a duration of no more than 24 months.

    The deadline for proposals is 4pm on 5 March 2020.

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

    UPDATE: UK Research and Innovation has recently announced changes to requirements on Pathways to Impact. As a result of this change, you will no longer be required to provide a ‘Pathways to Impact’ plan or complete an ‘Impact Summary’ within your grant proposal. These requirements will be removed for all UKRI opportunities by 1 March 2020, so the section and attachment type will disappear from any proposal “under preparation” by applicants or research offices by 1 March.

    Applicants for this call should follow this guidance: A separate Pathways to Impact statement is no longer required, but applicants must still consider how they will or might achieve impact throughout their projects and include this as part of their Case for Support. Activities to realize impact do not have to be cost-incurring, but relevant costs can be included and must be fully justified within the Justification of Resources statement. The Case for Support page limit will not be increased as a result of this change. We hope that all proposals submitted to the call will follow this guidance.

  2. Embedded Researcher scheme: Phase one – call for host organisations

    This initial call is from the UK Climate Resilience Embedded Researcher scheme is for non-academic host organisations to submit research and knowledge brokering ideas. The scheme has been set up to provide up to 12 months support for researchers to work with host organisations to jointly develop UK based research in line with the aims of the UK Climate Resilience programme, business, industry, third sector and policy needs and priorities. Host organisations will gain from having a placement undertake a focused piece of work of direct benefit to their specific organisation.

    Projects should have a start date no later than 3 August 2020 and have a duration of no more than 12 months.

    No funds are available through this phase one call for host organisations. A further call (Phase two: call for Embedded Researchers) will follow in 2020 for researchers to bid for host organisation opportunities. Up to 5 placements will be delivered through this first round.

    Host organisation specifications must be submitted to climateresilience@nerc.ukri.org by no later than 4pm on 7 February 2020

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