The maximum duration of the projects is six months. Successful projects are expected to start no later than 1 December 2021 and be complete by 31 May 2022.
Successful awardees will be required to submit a summary of the research outcomes through a final case study report by October 2022. This report should cover:
- a summary of the project
- the details of those supported from the grant
- the outputs and outcomes.
There will be, however, no expectation for awardees to report their research outputs through the UKRI reporting system (researchfish).
Successful awardees will also be invited to participate at a NERC organised knowledge exchange virtual meeting in October 2022. If you have any disability or individual needs that may mean you have special requirements to participate at the meeting, then the necessary adjustments will be made to enable equal access.
The timelines for this opportunity have been determined by funding restrictions related to financial year spend requirements.
Disbursement of funds
Successful projects will be funded via a one-off payment up to a maximum of £100,000. Lead institutions must invoice NERC for the cost of the project by January 2022 to ensure payment. Lead institutions will be responsible for distributing the finance to other organisations involved as necessary.
Funds will be transferred to the successful principal investigator’s research organisation in the first instance. It is then the responsibility of that organisation to disburse funds to the costed members of the partnership team.
The UK research organisation awarded the grant is responsible for the conduct and administration of the grant. It is accountable for the effective use of public funds and must therefore ensure that all grant monies are subject to proper financial management processes.
It is the research organisation’s responsibility to ensure that expenditure on collaborations is subject to robust controls to ensure value for money and propriety and that all costs should be fully vouched and maintained for possible inspection and checks by, or on behalf of, UKRI.
Support for individuals from diverse backgrounds
This scheme welcomes applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds. NERC values EDI across all its funding programmes, and actively encourages proposals from diverse groups of researchers, particularly from underrepresented groups.
Through our funding processes, we seek to make a positive contribution to society and the environment, not just through research outputs and outcomes but through the way in which research is conducted and facilities managed.
All NERC grant holders are to adopt responsible research practices as set-out in the NERC responsible business statement (PDF, 462KB). Responsible research is defined as reducing harm and enhancing benefit on the environment and society through effective management of research activities and facilities. Specifically, this covers:
- the natural environment
- the local community
Grant holders should consider the responsible research context of their project, not the host institution as a whole and take action to enhance their responsible research approach where practical and reasonable.
The good research resource hub can be used as a resource to support development of responsible research.
Terms and conditions
UKRI standard terms and conditions will generally apply with some variation due to the method of payment (purchase order or invoice).
EDI enrichment proposal form (DOCX, 101KB)