Annual closing dates: Late January and July
The next closing date is 16:00 on 18 July 2017, which will be strictly applied.
New demand management measures came into effect from the July 2015 closing date. Research organisations must ensure they do not submit more proposals to the round than are permitted.
Applicants should leave enough time for their proposal to pass through their organisation's Je-S submission route before 16:00 on the closing date.
Applicants should adhere to the regulations set out in the NERC handbook eg attachments should be of the correct length. Proposals not adhering to the rules will be automatically rejected and will not be returned to applicants for corrections.
For joint proposals, if a lead or component misses the 16:00 deadline and is not submitted or any lead or component proposal is rejected for not adhering to the rules, all other proposals linked to the rejected proposal will also be rejected.
Applicants choose the most appropriate panel area to assess their proposal.
Proposals are assessed on their scientific excellence. Moderating Panels meet annually in June and December to grade the proposals and make recommendations for funding.
The minimum that can be requested per complete proposal and per component is £65,000 (100% full economic cost) and the maximum for the complete proposal is £800,000 (100% full economic cost). A validation on the Je-S form will prevent proposals requesting less than £65,000 from being submitted.
There is no Je-S validation for the upper limit and any Joint proposal received above this limit (unless exceptional permission has been received, as below) will be rejected.
The Standard grant scheme also includes a route for New Investigators.
The two calls are:
- Standard Grant JUL17
- Standard Grant - New Investigator JUL17
All component proposals must use the same call as the lead proposal or the whole proposal (lead and components) will be rejected.
Exceptional permission to exceed funding maximum
If in exceptional cases the research proposed requires resources more than the £800,000 limit, due to high facility, fieldwork, equipment or other costs, but cannot meet the requirements for scale and complexity of research of the large grant scheme, applicants may contact NERC before submission to request permission to submit a standard grant proposal that exceeds the maximum funding limit. This includes costs for the Geophysical Equipment Facility Ocean Bottom Instruments, Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements / Airborne Research & Survey Facility / British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter aircraft (the facility will be able to advise on eligible instrument or aircraft costs) or European Incoherent Scatter Radar facility. See Section B of the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details.
Proposals to the standard grant scheme may use agreements between NERC and other funders such as National Science Foundation and São Paulo Research Foundation to help secure funding for collaborations.