Next Generation Weather & Climate Prediction
Announcement of Opportunity
Development of a new dynamical core for the Unified Model (Phase 1)
Closing date: 16:00 on 3 November 2010
Applications are invited from individual investigators to contribute to Phase 1 of the development of a new dynamical core suitable for the Met Office Unified Model.
This is the first opportunity from the NGWCP research programme, which forms part of the NERC climate systems, technologies and natural hazards themes and will contribute to Living With Environmental Change (LWEC).
One of the principal goals of the NGWCP programme is for NERC to work with the Met Office and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to research, design and develop a new "dynamical core" suitable for simulation of the atmosphere on massively parallel computers.
In Phase 1 different approaches to the redevelopment of the dynamical core will be explored. It is expected that at least five investigators will be funded to work in parallel on this issue. All individuals funded under this call will be expected to work closely together as well as with Met Office and STFC partners.
Applications are invited from experienced individual researchers who are able to allocate a significant proportion of their time (15 - 37·5 hours per week) during Phase 1 to develop experimental prototyping of different approaches to the new dynamical core. Proposals are encouraged from all relevant disciplines, including dynamical modelling, numerical analysis and computer and computational science.
Proposals submitted to contribute to Phase 1 may request a total NERC contribution of up to £200k, with duration up to two years. It is expected that the majority of the budget will be for investigator time.
This opportunity is open to individuals and organisations eligible for NERC research grant funding. In most cases individual applications are expected from a single Principal Investigator. Applications from experienced post-doctoral research assistants acting as Researcher Co-investigators are possible, but must be in association with an eligible Principal Investigator from the host institution who would request only a small amount of their time in supervision of the project.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview in December 2010, and selected investigators must attend an initial planning workshop in January 2011, where workplans may be modified, prior to the finalisation of awards.
The closing date for proposals is 16:00 on Wednesday 3 November 2010.
Potential applicants must refer to the Announcement of Opportunity document below for full details.
For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact:
Tel: 01793 411739
Dr Sarah Collinge
Tel: 01793 411936