NERC Standard Grants -January 2019

The internal call for applications to the NERC Standard Grants Scheme -January 2019 is now open.

Table 1: Timescale

1 Internal deadline: completed “intention to submit” for to (cc: and your FAS contact) 5pm, 1 October 2018
2 Internal deadline: draft case for support (4 sides of A4) to ( and your FAS contact) 5pm, 1 November 2018
3 Internal Selection Panel meet to review proposals Early-mid November 2018
4 Successful nominations informed Early-mid November 2018
5 Final deadline for submitting proposal to NERC 4pm, 15 January 2019

Stage 1:

Intention to submit forms for the January 2019 round should be returned to (cc: and your FAS contact) by 5pm 1 October 2018

Due to the NERC demand management policy for their Standard Grants Scheme (, all applications must be submitted for internal review. The University of St Andrews is currently capped to 6 applications. Potential applicants are encouraged to put forward the strongest case possible and take time to discuss their proposal with their Director or Research prior to the internal review deadline. Please also consider the relevant sections of the NERC handbook.

For NERC’s demand management policy on standard grants, any application counts towards an organisation, where the organisation is applying as the grant holding organisation (of the lead or component grant). Therefore, any applicant wishing to submit to this call as lead PI at St Andrews or PI on a component grant on a joint proposal being led  by another HEI will need to submit an “Intention to submit” form. All applicants wishing to submit a proposal as PI(lead), PI (component) or Co-I must return a completed Intention to Submit form to (cc: and your FAS contact) by 5pm on 1 October 2018.

Co-I’s who wish to apply for sub-award (e.g. not a Je-S component grant) through another lead institution should notify the RPO (cc: and your FAS contact) their intention to submit to this call. However, they do not need to submit a case for support to the internal review panel, as this approach is not counted against St Andrews demand-managed quota.

Table 2: Furhter information on proposal types

Proposal Type Outcome

One lead grant proposal by organisation X iwth one Je-S form and one grant reference and no component grants.

The lead Principal Investigators (PI’s) and all CoInvestigators (Co-I’s) are named on the same grant proposal. The Co-Is may be from multiple organisatons. If successful the lead organisation X would be responsible for transferring funds to the organisations (Y and Z) of the Co-Is.

The proposal counts as one application (and award, if succesful) for the lead organisation (X) submitting the grant proposal only.
There is a lead PI and lead grant proposal to organisation X, with separate compontent proposals to organisations Y and Z. Each component proposal has a PI, Je-S form, and unique NERC reference number. If successful, a separate grant is awarded to each organisation. Each lead and component proposal counts as an application. Each application counts towards the submitting organisation’s cap, i.e. it counts as an application towards Organisations X, Y and Z and count as an award to each, if successful.

Full guidance can be found at: and NERC Research Grants and Fellowship Handbook. For guidance and support with your application, please contact your business development manager (

The standard grant scheme also includes a route for New Investigators. Eligibility for New Investigators has been updated from three to five years of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. Please refer to paragraph 57, 58 of NERC Research Grants and Fellowship Handbook.

Stage 2:

Proposals for the January 2019 round should be submitted for internal review to (cc: and your FAS contact) no later than 5pm, 1 November 2018.

Submissions will be assessed on their scientific excellence. An internal review panel will meet to assess the applications and select the proposals that will be submitted to NERC.

Your submission for internal review should include:

a) Draft case for support (Maximum 4 sides A4)

The 4-page case for support for the internal panel review should mainly focus on the research project. It is recommended to include details of the anticipated impact.

b) Track record of the researchers/expertise involved in the projct (maximum 1 side A4)

Candidates are not required to submit any costing details to the internal review panel.