2013 closing dates:
Outline proposals - 5 March 2013
Full proposals - tbc
Large Grants replace the Consortium Grant scheme from 2012.
Large Grants support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding opportunities.
Large Grants are supported through responsive mode funding, but the size and nature of these awards mean that they will often incidentally have a strong strategic element.
The minimum funding level for large grant proposals is £1·2m, 100% (Full Economic Cost). The maximum funding level for large grant proposals is £3·7m, 100% (Full Economic Cost) with a duration of up to five years.
Applicants must first submit an outline proposal that will be assessed by members of the Peer Review College, plus independent experts as required. Selected proposals will then be invited to proceed to the full proposal stage.
Full proposals will be peer reviewed by international experts and the assessment process includes presentations by applicants at the moderating panel.
Guidance notes for Large Grants are available.