Arctic Research Programme
Announcement of Opportunity: Russian Arctic & Boreal Systems - Call for Pre-proposals
Closing date: 29 November 2013 11:00 GMT
Collaborative proposals involving Russia and two other European partners are invited as part of the European Joint Programme Initiative for Climate. Further details are available on the JPI Climate website.
One of the purposes of Joint Programming Initiatives is to facilitate the alignment of national research programmes at the European level. NERC's programme on Arctic research has extensive collaborative links with European and North American scientists and connections with Russian Arctic researchers. The JPI Climate Call for Russian Arctic and Boreal Systems maps directly onto the themes of the NERC Arctic Research Programme (ARP). It is envisaged that UK contributions to the JPI Climate Call will therefore make links to the NERC Arctic Research Programme during the course of the projects, particularly its substantial regional modelling capabilities, and will be involved in ARP activities including knowledge exchange and scientific workshops.
Particular areas of research for this Call that have relevance for UK include the study of permafrost soils, such as yedoma, that are complementary to the current ARP studies in North West Territories, Canada and will extend the variety of soil types studied. There is also interest in quantifying the carbon reservoirs in Siberian soils, including losses to rivers and the coastal seas. Also understanding the drivers of organic carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions and quantifying these emissions at landscape to regional scales for better representation of GHG fluxes in regional/global models.
£450k (80% FEC) is available to support UK involvement in up to two projects under the JPI Climate Call. The funds available for this call includes a contribution from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) who is a partner on the Arctic Research Programme.
Further guidance on costing of applications will be provided to applicants invited to submit full proposals. However, once final decisions have been agreed, all successful UK applicants will need to submit their application through Je-S, therefore all UK applicants and co-investigators will need to be Je-S registered.