Funding across research councils
We work with other research councils at the boundaries of our remit to make sure that there are no gaps in funding and that proposals at the interfaces of traditional research disciplines are treated equally with proposals that fall well within research council remits.
Cross Council Funding Agreement
All responsive mode grant proposals that extend beyond a single research council's remit will be assessed by peer reviewers from across the relevant research disciplines. Decisions will be made through a single council's peer review process, but any significant element within another council's remit will be funded by the council concerned.
Full details of the Agreement can be found on the Research Councils UK website.
In the case of proposals submitted to NERC through the Je-S system that we feel extend into other council's remits, we will discuss the proposal with colleagues in the other research councils. We will agree which council will take the lead in reviewing the proposal and making the award if successful. Other councils will nominate reviewers and, if appropriate, may contribute funding.
In a small number of cases it may be agreed between councils that it would be more appropriate for a different council from that which received the proposal to take the lead in the assessment process and funding. Where this is the case the receiving council will inform applicants and provide contact details in the new lead council who can provide details on the next steps. The proposal would be rejected or withdrawn from the receiving council and submitted to the new lead council. In such cases the proposal will be processed by the lead council in accordance with the Cross-Council Funding Agreement