Full proposals must be submitted using the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
Applicants should select:
- proposal type: Standard Proposal
- scheme: Research Fellowship
- call: Independent Research Fellowships (IRFOCT21).
The opportunity will close on Je-S at 16:00 on 10 November 2021 and it will not be possible to submit to the opportunity after this time.
Applicants should leave enough time for their proposal to pass through their organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date. Any proposal that is incomplete, or does not meet NERC’s eligibility criteria or follow NERC’s submission rules (see NERC research grant and fellowships handbook), will be rejected and will not be considered.
All attachments, with the exception of letters of support and services, facilities and equipment quotes, submitted through the Je-S system must be completed in single-spaced typescript of minimum font size 11 point (Arial or other sans serif typeface of equivalent size to Arial 11), with margins of at least 2cm.
Please note that Arial narrow, Calibri and Times New Roman are not allowable font types and any proposal which has used any of these font types within their submission will be rejected.
References and footnotes should also be at least 11 point font and should be in the same font type as the rest of the document. Headers and footers should not be used for references or information relating to the scientific case. Applicants referring to websites should note that referees may choose not to use them.
Applicants should ensure that their proposal conforms to all eligibility and submission rules, otherwise their proposal may be rejected without peer review. More details on NERC’s submission rules can be found in the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook and in the submission rules on the NERC website.
Proposals for this opportunity should be submitted in the fellowship grant format following the requirements outlined in section F of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook.
Please note that on submission to council all non-PDF documents are converted to PDF, the use of non-standard fonts may result in errors or font conversion, which could affect the overall length of the document.
Additionally where non-standard fonts are present, and even if the converted PDF document may look unaffected in the Je-S system, when it is imported into the research councils’ grants system some information may be removed. We therefore recommend that where a document contains any non-standard fonts (scientific notation, diagrams), the document should be converted to PDF prior to attaching it to the proposal.
Principal investigators wishing to use NERC services and facilities need to contact the relevant facility a minimum of two months prior to submission of the grant to discuss the proposed work and receive confirmation that they can provide the services required within the timeframe of the grant.
The facility will then provide a technical assessment that includes the calculated cost of providing the service.
NERC services and facilities must be costed within the limits of the proposal. The technical assessment must be submitted as part of the Je-S form, as detailed in the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook (paragraph 236).
The full list of NERC facilities that require a technical assessment can be found on the NERC website. This excludes the below as these services have their own policies for access and costing:
Applicants wishing to use NERC’s marine facilities must complete an online SME or autonomous deployment (ADF) application form on the Marine Facilities Planning webpage. The SME or ADF number should be included on the Je-S grant proposal form under services and facilities.
Completed SME or ADF forms must be submitted by 14 September 2021 and approved by NERC marine planning by the time the proposal (Je-S form) is submitted. Failure to do so may result in the request not being considered for inclusion in the NERC Marine Facilities Programme.
Applicants intending to apply for NERC’s marine facilities should also contact email@example.com to discuss shiptime and equipment needs as soon as possible.
British Antarctic Survey Antarctic logistics support
Applicants requiring NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Antarctic logistics support must complete a pre-award operational planning support questionnaire (OSPQ). This is an online form.
Applicants must email the Antarctic Access Office (AAO) at BAS (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating their name, institution and proposal title. The AAO will set up a new, numbered pre-award OSPQ and send the link to the applicant along with instructions for completion.
The deadline for pre-award OSPQs to be submitted is normally three months before the final proposal deadline. If the opportunity is shorter and this is not possible, an alternative OSPQ deadline will be set and circulated through the NERC list server in the coming days.
The pre-award OSPQ should be submitted to the Antarctic Access Office and included as an attachment at the full application stage. Any funding applications that request Antarctic logistics support without having received prior logistic approval will not be accepted.