NERC Standard Grants -January 2021

Tuesday 6 October 2020

The internal call for applications to the NERC Standard Grants Scheme -January 2021 is now open.

Table 1: Timescale

1 Internal deadline: completed “intention to submit” for to [email protected] (cc: [email protected] and your FAS contact) 4pm, 27th October 2020
2 Internal deadline: draft case for support (4 sides of A4) to [email protected] (cc:[email protected] and your FAS contact)
4pm, 10th November 2020
3 Internal Selection Panel meet to review proposals Mid November 2020
4 Successful nominations informed Mid-Late November 2020
5 Final deadline for submitting proposal to NERC 4pm, 12 January 2021

Stage 1:

Intention to submit forms for the January 2021 round should be returned to [email protected] (cc: [email protected] and your FAS contact) by 4pm, 27 October 2020.

All applications must be submitted for internal review to ensure only applications of the highest quality are submitted. Potential applicants are encouraged to put forward the strongest case possible and should 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.

To inform the composition of the internal review panel, all applicants wishing to submit a proposal as PI(lead), PI (component) or Co-I must return a completed Intention to Submit form to [email protected] (cc: [email protected] and your FAS contact) by 4pm, 27 October 2020.

Co-I’s who wish to apply for sub-award (e.g. not a Je-S component grant) through another lead institution should notify Research and Innovation Services ([email protected] cc: [email protected] 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.


Stage 2:

Proposals for the January 2021 round should be submitted for internal review to [email protected] (cc: [email protected] and your FAS contact) no later than 4pm, 10th November 2020.

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.


The Standard Grant Scheme also inludes a route for New Investigators. Eligibility for the New Investigator call is restricted (see the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details), but beyond that the rules for the two calls are the same.


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