We encourage you to contact us at an early stage if you have any questions about your eligibility or the application process. We can also give you advice on the best funding route for your proposed research project.
You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). When applying select ‘New document’, then:
- council: NERC
- document type: outline proposal
- scheme: NERC outline (date)
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
If you need further help, you can contact the Je-S help desk on 01793 444164 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.
Your outline proposal should include a case for support comprising:
- objectives and anticipated outputs
- an outline of the research proposed and its international context
- justification for why a large grant is more appropriate than several standard grants
- details of the composition and experience of the research team
- the role of project partners and co-funding (both proposed and secured)
- an outline of your project management and data management plans
- your proposed use of any NERC facilities
- details of equipment you will be requesting
You can submit an outline proposal up to six weeks before the closing date.
If we accept your outline proposal, we will invite you to submit a full proposal at least four months before the closing date.
You must submit your full proposal through the Je-S system. Select:
- council: NERC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: large grant (date)
Your proposal must include:
- a case for support
- an outline data management plan
- justification of resources
- CVs for all applicants and named research staff.
If relevant, you should also include:
- a letter of support from any named project partner
- a technical assessment
- details of non-UK components, for example, if you are collaborating with an international partner
- quotations for items of equipment over £25,000.
If your project involves collaboration with several research organisations, you can submit a joint proposal. There is no limit on the number of organisations that can take part. We will expect the lead institution to act as coordinator, but other partners may submit separate proposals through Je-S as part of the overall project.
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