Announcement of Opportunity: Understanding the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management - Outline bids

Understanding the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) is a NERC funded programme. Its overarching goal is to improve understanding of the suitability and effectiveness of different NFM measures for a range of flood risk scenarios.

This is a four-year, £4m programme in which applicants are invited to request up to £1·25m (80% full economic cost (FEC)).

The call has two stages: an outline bid and an invited full proposal. Only applicants that are successful at the outline bid stage will be eligible to submit a full proposal. Applicants that are successful at the outline bid stage will be asked to submit a full bid to a closing date in May 2017. The NERC funding contribution will be 80% FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC).

The programme will support case studies that will explore the effectiveness of NFM measures in mitigating flood risk within the study catchment or catchments. There will be an emphasis on understanding how NFM can contribute to the development of catchment-level flood management plans and each project will be expected to investigate the range of risks in the study catchment, including the risks from fluvial, pluvial and groundwater flooding, the risks in different parts of the catchments and how these are linked, and the risks associated with flood events of different magnitude.

This programme has been co-designed with Defra, the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales and as such, stakeholder engagement and project partner contributions are an essential component of this call.

Applicants should refer to the Announcement of Opportunity below for full details of this call.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 547KB)

Outline bid proforma (Word, 118KB)

The outline bid proforma must be completed and submitted to by 16:00 on 21 February 2017.

Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Further information

Daniel Knight
01793 411672