International Opportunities Fund - Announcement of Opportunity April 2015

Closing date for full proposals: 16:00 on 30 April 2015

Update 27 March 2015: Please note this call will now accept joint proposals to NERC-FAPESP under the terms of the RCUK/FAPESP Memorandum of Understanding.

NERC is inviting proposals to its International Opportunities Fund (IOF). The IOF scheme provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science. IOF grants are pump-priming, to help stimulate novel research collaborations. Mature research collaborations should apply to NERC's Standard or Large Grant schemes, which allow for overseas project partnerships, or to other appropriate sources of funding.

Proposals must be submitted using the research councils' Je-S system. Applicants should select Proposal Type - 'Standard Proposal' and then select the Scheme - 'International Opportunities Fund' and the call - 'International Opportunities Fund 2015 - Pump Priming'.

General guidance for completing and submitting proposals, and links to required forms, is available in the Research Grants Handbook.

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

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 200KB)

Where the RCUK-FAPESP Memorandum of Understanding is being applied, applicants must attach the completed FAPESP-NERC Pump Priming Proposal Form as a supporting document. It is essential you also read Annex A of the Announcement of Opportunity document before applying.

FAPESP-NERC Pump Priming Proposal Form (Word, 41KB)