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Announcement of Opportunity: Future Climate For Africa - Global Climate Model Development for Africa 2014

Update 7 May 2014: The Announcement of Opportunity document and Annex 2 have been updated to further describe policies relating to open access. The AO has also been updated to further describe eligibility. Anyone planning to apply to this call should ensure they refer to the updated documents when formulating their proposal.

Closing date (Notification of Intent): 16:00 UK local time (GMT+1), Monday 2 June 2014

Closing date (Proposals): 16:00 UK local time (GMT+1), Tuesday 5 August 2014

Proposals are invited for a new funding opportunity as part of the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) research programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and NERC.

FCFA is a £20m international, interdisciplinary programme to advance scientific understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change to inform medium-term adaptation decisions (5-40 years) and develop the knowledge, tools and methods to better integrate this science into decision making today.

This call is for proposals for the Global Climate Model Development for Africa Project, which will provide an opportunity for the world's best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex natural science research to advance the prediction of African climate variability and change through model development of global models with an African lens.

Proposals are invited for funding of up to £3m full economic cost (FEC) per consortium. We anticipate funding a single project for a maximum duration of four years with an expected start date of January 2015.

The focus of this project will be on evaluating and developing the representation of processes affecting pan-African climate on timescales for adaptation (medium-term or 5 to 40 years) in general circulation models (GCM). This will include improving the understanding and representation of drivers, processes and feedbacks responsible for the greatest uncertainty in model representations of African climate. The intention is to deliver a step-change in the performance of GCMs for Africa and to make a long-term contribution to model development with an African lens. This will improve projections of future changes in rainfall and extreme weather for Africa, increasing availability of high quality, robust climate information across the continent.

This is a global open call. Please see the Announcement of Opportunity for full eligibility criteria.

Submission of a notification of intent form is a requirement in order to submit a proposal for this call. The notification of intent form must be returned by email to the FCFA Secretariat at by 16:00 UK local time (GMT+1) on Monday 2 June 2014.

The closing date for full proposals is 16:00 UK local time (GMT+1) on Tuesday 5 August 2014. Full proposals must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

All proposals will be peer reviewed and considered by an independent moderating panel comprised of experts. Members of the project teams may be invited to interview at the moderating panel stage.

Please see the guidance documents for the full specification of the call and how to submit a proposal. An additional document with further background information on FCFA will be published in mid-May on the programme webpages.

Notification of Intent to submit form (Word, 14KB)

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity document below for full details of the call.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 300KB)

FCFA 2014 Global Project Full Proposal Guidance Annex 1 (PDF, 17KB)

FCFA 2014 Global Project Full Proposal Guidance Annex 2 (PDF, 45KB)

FCFA 2014 Global Project Full Proposal Guidance Annex 3 (PDF, 309KB)

FCFA 2014 Global Project Full Proposal Guidance Annex 4 (PDF, 4.3MB)

FCFA 2014 Global Project Full Proposal Guidance Annex 5 (PDF, 102KB)

FCFA frequently asked questions for the Global Project (PDF, 254KB)

For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact:

Helen Pearce
01793 442585

Lesley Aspinall
01793 411536