International Opportunities Fund - Announcement of Opportunity June 2017

Closing date for full proposals: 16:00 on 6 June 2017

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 £40,000 at 80% full economic cost (FEC) for up to two years' duration.

Proposals for IOF Pump Priming Plus grants may request funding of a maximum of £250,000 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 2017 - Pump Priming
  • International Opportunities Fund 2017 - 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 and the associated FAQ below for full details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 110KB)

International Opportunities Fund AO 2017 FAQ (PDF, 97KB)

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.

IOF FAPESP research proposal form (Word, 56KB)