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Announcement of Opportunity: Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways - Consortia awards

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 2 October 2014

NERC invites proposals to the new research programme Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways (VNC), which will form a challenge for phase 3 of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Proposals should also include links to the new NERC Valuing Nature programme.

This call is for consortium projects (minimum of three research organisations) of up to £1·9m (80% FEC). Projects should be five years in duration and should start no later than March 2015. It is expected that one multidisciplinary consortium project will be funded, with four or five associated PhD studentships that should start in October 2015.

The overarching aim of this research programme is to understand the implications for natural capital and the provision of ecosystem services of a range of future energy scenarios, including scenarios that are compatible with the UK's energy policy goals of maintaining energy security, keeping energy affordable and cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050.

Applicants are referred to the Announcement of Opportunity document below for further details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 219KB)

Please note: The process for Co-funded Associated Studentships was revised on 29 August 2014.

Associated Studentships FAQ

The programme is looking to support a cohort of Associated Studentships and recognises that the programme budget may support between 4-5 Associated PhD Studentships but would be keen to support more through the part funding of Associated Studentships. The following details how to submit your application in Je-S, which is dependent on the level of funding required from the programme budget for the Associated Studentships.

100% programme funded Studentships

  • Include the funding for the Associated Studentship.
    (This includes the student's maintenance grant and university fees, which should be requested on the proposal form as an Exceptions cost and will be paid at 100% FEC. Additional costs should also be requested on the research grant proposal form for items such as fieldwork expenses, conferences and consumables. These should be requested as a Directly Incurred cost and will be paid at 80% FEC.)
  • This is standard procedure for Associated Studentships in NERC grants.

50% programme and 50% partner funded Studentships

  • Include all the funding for the Associated Studentship.
    (This includes the student's maintenance grant and university fees, which should be requested on the proposal form as an Exceptions cost and will be paid at 100% FEC. Additional costs should also be requested on the research grant proposal form for items such as fieldwork expenses, conferences and consumables. These should be requested as a Directly Incurred cost and will be paid at 80% FEC.)
  • Include the funding partner as a formal Project Partner on the application.
  • Submit a two-page Letter of Support to detail the project and also detail what support the partner is giving to the student.
  • It may be that when submitted the costs of the proposal will be over the £1·9m limit due to the inclusion of the costs.
  • If funded, 50% of the Studentship costs will be removed from the award.
  • Je-S is not set up for part-funding of Studentships, this is a system work around to ensure NERC can accept part-funded Studentships to the programme.

100% other partner funded Studentships

  • Do not include costs for the studentships as the other funding partner will be funding the student.
  • Include the funding partner as a formal Project Partner on the application.
  • Submit a two-page Letter of Support to detail the project and also detail what support the partner is giving to the student.

For further information on Associated Studentships, please contact:

Michelle Truman
01793 411700

The closing date for proposals is 16:00 on 2 October 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Sally Reid
01793 442565