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Standard grants

Annual closing dates: Late January and July

Next closing date is 16:00 on 19 July 2016, 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 £0·8m (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 JUL16
  • Standard Grant - New Investigator JUL16

All component proposals must use the same call as the lead proposal or the whole proposal (lead and components) will be rejected.

Eligibility for the New Investigator call is restricted (see the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details), but beyond that the rules for the two calls are the same.

Exceptional permission to exceed funding maximum

If in exceptional cases the research proposed requires resources more than the £0·8m 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. See Section B of the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details.

International collaboration

Proposals to the standard grant scheme may use agreements between NERC and other funders such as NSF and FAPESP to help secure funding for collaborations.