You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
When applying select ‘New document’ then one of the following options:
- council: NERC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: standard grant
- call: standard grant Jan22 and standard grant new investigator Jan22.
Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.
The opportunity will close at 16:00 on 18 January 2022 and it will not be possible to submit applications after this time.
Applicants should leave enough time for their proposal to pass through their organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
Any proposal that is incomplete, or does not meet NERC’s eligibility criteria or follow NERC’s proposal submission rules, will be office rejected and not be considered.
There are restrictions on how many applications a research organisation can make. This will depend on the organisation’s previous standard grants success rate.
NERC standard grant demand management measures per research organisation 2019 guide (PDF, 220KB)
You can find out more about the application process in the NERC research grants and fellowships handbook.
Applying for more than £800,000
We will accept applications for more than the normal £800,000 limit in exceptional cases. For example, if you have high facility, fieldwork, equipment or other costs but your project does not meet our large grant scheme’s requirements for scale and complexity of research.
If you are planning to apply for more than the funding limit of £800,000, you must get approval first. Your application will be rejected if you have not received permission before you apply.
You must contact us at least two months before the opportunity closing date to get our permission to submit a standard grant proposal that is higher than the maximum funding limit. This includes costs for:
- the Geophysical Equipment Facility ocean bottom instruments
- Geophysical Equipment Facility seismometers
- Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, Airborne Research & Survey Facility or the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) twin otter aircraft (the facility will be able to advise on eligible instrument or aircraft costs)
- European Incoherent Scatter Radar facility
- other ship-time or marine facility related costs.
Find out more in section B (‘types of award’) of the NERC research grants and fellowships handbook.
For the current round, the requirements for what can be submitted through Je-S have changed considerably from previous rounds. We have reduced the requirement for many of the attachments to reduce bureaucracy.
The application document requirements are:
- case for support, maximum of 7 sides:
- 2 sides of previous track record and capability to deliver
- 5 sides for proposed research.
- justification of resources, maximum of 2 sides
- facility forms, as required, where the use of a NERC facility is being requested
- non-UK components, if the proposal is being submitted under a lead agency agreement
- proposal cover letter can be attached where required, for internal use only.
Do not submit:
- CVs. Information relevant to the team should be included in the two- page track record and capability to deliver section of the case for support)
- letters of support (for project partners or other partners)
- outline data management plan
- equipment quotes.
Please attach blank documents as needed to manage any validations in Je-S, which can not be removed.
If you want to use NERC services and facilities, including ship and marine equipment and BAS Antarctic logistics support, refer to the guidance on deadlines and relevant forms in the NERC research grants and fellowships handbook.