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Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards In Earthquake-prone regions in China, Announcement of Opportunity: Research funding

Please note that section 4.1 of the Announcement of Opportunity has been updated with important additional clarification on 21 May 2015. Please note also that Expression of Interest forms must be submitted via email as a word document both to NERC at by 09.00 (GMT+1) and NSFC at by 16.00 (CST) on 9th June 2015.

Newton Fund logoNERC, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are inviting research proposals under a new strategic research programme which aims to increase social and economic resilience in earthquake-prone regions of China by reducing risks from multiple natural hazards.

The Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in China (IRNHiC) programme will be delivered in this one substantive call for collaborative projects, research partnerships between UK and Chinese scientists.

NERC and ESRC have made available a budget of £2·5m (80% fEC) to fund eligible UK researchers, with matched equivalent funding from NSFC. NERC/ESRC funds will specifically be used to support UK researchers, whilst NSFC funds will support Chinese researchers.

The call is supported in the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK governments Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is only open to Joint UK-China applications. Collaborations under the call will contribute to economic development and social welfare in China, in line with the Newton Fund's aims.

Expressions of Interest are invited for a call under this interdisciplinary programme. The call for proposals will be undertaken as a three stage process:

  1. An Expression of Interest (EoI) must be submitted via email by the 9 June 2015 deadline. EoIs will be sifted based on remit and strategic requirement to ensure the programmes objectives are met. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
  2. Full proposals will be submitted via Je-S by the deadline 20 August 2015 (tbc). Full proposals will go through external peer review and then to a moderating panel.
  3. Leading members of the successful full proposal teams will then attend an integration workshop in December 2015 where they will identify integrative and coordination activities between the different grants and themes and develop a detailed implementation plan.

The specific themes of this call are to:

  • Improve the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms and processes (both physical and social) through the hazard chain that can lead to disaster
  • Understand how knowledge of both physical and social processes in the hazard chain can lead to improved hazard monitoring, forecasting and warning
  • Improve risk mitigation, risk management and preparedness
  • Improve context-specific hazard risk communication
  • Enhance resilience and recovery for post-disaster reconstruction in earthquake-prone regions in China.

All applications must be collaborations between UK and Chinese researchers and applications to this call must be in English.

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity document and Expression of Interest form below for full details.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 247KB)

Expression of Interest (EoI) form (Word, 101KB)

Expression of Interest forms must be submitted via email as a word document both to NERC at by 09:00 (GMT+1) and NSFC at by 16:00 (CST) on 9 June 2015.

Applicants will be informed in mid June 2015 if they are to be invited to proceed to the full proposal stage.

Only applicants successful at the Expression of Interest stage will be invited to proceed to the full proposal stage. It is expected that the call for full proposals will be open from June 2015 and the closing date for applications will be 16:00 (GMT+1) 20 August 2015 (tbc).

For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact:

Maria Kirrane
01793 411587

Lesley Aspinall
01793 411536

Alexa Mills
01793 413159

Dr Qiu Chunhong

Gisela Tebbutt
RCUK China