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International Opportunities Fund - Announcement of Opportunity May 2016

Closing date for full proposals: 16:00 on 19 May 2016

Please read the Announcement of Opportunity carefully as there have been some changes to the scheme since the last closing date.

Please note this call will accept joint proposals to NERC-FAPESP under the terms of the RCUK/FAPESP Memorandum of Understanding.

Any applicants who wish to conduct fieldwork in Antarctica must submit a 'preliminary request for Antarctic logistic support' to Martin Miller () in advance of the grant application deadline. The deadline for submitting a 'preliminary request for Antarctic logistic support' in association with the International Opportunities Fund May 2016 call is 16:00 (BST) on 4 May 2016. Please see the Antarctic Logistic Support page for more information.

NERC is inviting proposals for Pump Priming and Pump Priming Plus grants 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 for IOF Pump Priming grants may request funding of a maximum of £40k (at 80% FEC) for up to two years duration.

Proposals for IOF Pump Priming Plus grants may request funding of a maximum of £250k (at 80%FEC) for up to three years duration.

Proposals must be submitted using the research councils' Je-S system. Applicants should select Proposal Type - 'Standard Proposal' and then select the Scheme - 'Directed' and the call (select one of the two options below):

  • International Opportunities Fund 2016 - Pump Priming
  • International Opportunities Fund 2016 - Pump Priming Plus

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 below for full details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 130KB)

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

Proposal form (Word, 54KB)