Announcement of Opportunity: UPGro Consortium Grants 2014 (Full proposals)

Closing date: Thursday 19 June 2014 16:00 UK local time (BST/GMT+1/UTC+1)

Update 9 June 2014: The UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance document has been updated. The Track Record for non-lead applications should be uploaded as an 'other attachment', and the Data Management Plan should be uploaded as Part 3 of the Case for Support.

Update 16 May 2014: The UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance document has been updated due to two typos in the summary tables. Both the Track Record and Justification of Resources should be a maximum of two sides of A4, not one.

Full proposals are invited for a new funding round as part of the Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa research programme (UPGro) funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC.

UPGro is a £12m international programme funding interdisciplinary research which will generate evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the benefit of the poor.

This closed call (invited applicants only) for UPGro 2014 Consortium Grant Full Proposals provides an opportunity for the world's best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary social and natural science research addressing the programme's aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to further develop interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.

Applications are invited for funding of up to £1·9m Full Economic Cost (FEC) per consortium. This call has a total available budget of up to £7·6m. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of four years with an expected start date prior to 31 January 2015.

Applicants are expected to submit proposals which address at least two of the three UPGro research themes: Understanding the Resource; Governance, Institutions and Access; and Impacts of Future Trends; and include a strong focus on both physical science and social aspects. The primary focus of the research is in Low Income Countries in SSA but research may be undertaken in Middle Income Countries (MIC) in SSA where there is a clear impact of the research on the poor and applicability to low-income countries. It is a requirement for the current call that linkages with SSA institutions are established. This should include both research institutions and the institutions where the intended users of the outcomes of the research, such as decision- and policy-makers. There should be a strong and clear role for developing country partners in the projects.

This is the second stage of a two stage selection process. Only invited applicants may submit proposals to this call.

Invited applicants have been requested to attend a workshop to be held on 13 May 2014 in London. At least one representative from each Proposal will be expected to attend.

The closing date for proposals is 16:00 UK local time (BST/GMT+1/UTC+1) on Thursday 19 June 2014. Full proposals must be submitted via the Joint electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

Please see the guidance document for full specifications of the call.

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance (PDF, 241KB)

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance annex 1 (PDF, 20KB)

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance Annex 2 (PDF, 40KB)

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance Annex 3 (PDF, 309KB)

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Guidance Annex 4 (PDF, 4.3MB)

UPGro 2014 Consortium Grants Full Proposal Workshop Agenda (PDF, 243KB)

For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact the UPGro Secretariat:

Victoria Fairweather
01793 411736

Lizzie Garratt
01793 418006