A webinar will take place on 23 March 2022 at 16:00. At the event, the SWAIS 2C principal investigators, Richard Levy and Molly Patterson, will introduce the programme.
If you are interested in attending the webinar, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not a requirement to attend this webinar if you are planning to apply to this funding opportunity.
You should discuss your plans with the SWAIS 2C lead investigators, Richard Levy and Molly Paterson, before submitting your proposal, to ensure compatibility with the rest of the programme plan.
Please read the SWAIS 2C prospectus (PDF, 6.2MB) for further information.
You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
When applying, select:
- council: NERC
- document type: standard
- scheme: directed
- call: SWAIS 2C MAY21.
This funding opportunity will close at 16:00 on 26 May 2022. It will not be possible to apply after this time.
You should leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before the closing date.
Your proposal will be office rejected and will not be considered if it:
Attachments submitted through the Je-S system must be completed in single-spaced typescript of minimum font size 11 (Arial or other sans serif typeface), with margins of at least 2cm.
Exceptionally, this does not apply to:
- letters of support
- quotes for services, facilities or equipment.
Arial Narrow, Calibri and Times New Roman are not allowable font types and any proposal which has used any of these font types within the submission will be rejected.
On submission, we convert all non-PDF documents to PDF. The use of non-standard fonts may result in errors of 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), some information may be removed when it is imported into the research councils’ grants system.
We therefore recommend that where a document contains any non-standard fonts (for example, scientific notation or diagrams), the document should be converted to PDF before it is attached to the proposal.
References and footnotes should be in the same font type as the rest of the document, with a minimum font size of 11.
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 check hyperlinks.
Applicants should ensure that their proposal conforms to all eligibility and submission rules, or 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 the NERC guidance for applicants.
What to include
Proposals must include the following documents:
Case for support
The case for support should comprise of:
- details of your previous track record and relevance of expertise for all team members (up to three sides of A4)
- a description of your science plan and sampling requirement (up to three sides of A4).
Outline data management plan
Write up to one side of A4.
Justification of resources
This should be a narrative description of why you require the resources requested.
It should include a justification for all items of equipment costing between £10,000 and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) equipment threshold of £138,000 (£115,000 excluding VAT).
Write up to one side of A4 in total, to cover all research organisations involved.
CVs are required for all named research staff. Write up to two sides of A4 for each CV.
This should be used to apply for high performance computing (HPC) when use of ARCHER2 will exceed 500kCU in any one year for the whole project.
NERC services and facilities
Proposals should include formal requests and access costs for NERC services and facilities (for example, HPC or isotope analyses), where relevant.
No additional funding is available to cover NERC services and facilities. Therefore, all costs associated with the use of NERC services and facilities must be included within:
- the funding limit of proposals
- the other directly incurred costs of proposals.
Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants wishing to use a NERC service or facility must seek agreement from the facility that they can provide the service required.
Applicants wishing to use NERC facilities will need to submit a mandatory ‘technical assessment’ with their proposal.
This is required for aircraft but not for NERC marine facilities or HPC. It should be a quote for the work that the facility will provide.
View a full list of the facilities requiring a technical assessment, and further information on NERC services and facilities.