You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
When applying, select:
- council: NERC
- document type: standard
- scheme: directed
- call: UK IODP Site Survey Investigations 2021
This funding opportunity will close on Je-S at 16:00 on 14 December 2021 and it will not be possible to submit to the funding opportunity after this time. Leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
Your proposal will be office rejected and will not be considered if it is any of the following:
Most attachments submitted through Je-S must be completed in single-spaced typescript using Arial with font size of at least 11 point, or another sans serif typeface of equivalent size. The margins must be at least 2cm. The only exceptions to these rules are support and services, facilities or equipment quotes.
We will reject any proposal that uses Arial narrow, Calibri or Times New Roman. References and footnotes must follow the same font requirements. You must not use headers and footers for references or information relating to the scientific case. If you refer to websites, be aware the panel may choose not to use them.
Make sure your proposal conforms to all eligibility and submission rules or it may be rejected without peer review. Read more details on NERC’s eligibility criteria and submission rules in the:
You must submit your proposal in standard grant format following the requirements outlined in Section F of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook.
If you submit any documents with non-standard fonts (in scientific notation or diagrams, for example), make sure you convert it to portable document format (PDF) before attaching it to the proposal, and check the fonts are displaying correctly.
If we receive any documents in other formats we will convert them to PDF. Any non-standard fonts may cause errors or font conversion, which could affect the overall length of the document.
Even if the converted PDF document is unaffected in the Je-S System, when it is imported into the Research Councils Grants System some information may be removed
Principal investigators wishing to use NERC services and facilities will need to contact the relevant facility at least two months prior to submission of the grant. This is to discuss the proposed work and receive confirmation that they can provide the services required within the timeframe of the grant. The facility will then provide a technical assessment that includes the calculated cost of providing the service.
NERC services and facilities must be costed within the limits of the proposal. The technical assessment must be submitted with full proposals as detailed within Section F of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook.
Facility technical assessment
Most NERC facilities require a technical assessment. See the list of NERC facilities.
The following services have their own policies for access and costing:
Ship-time and marine equipment
If you wish to use NERC marine facilities for a ship-borne SSI, before you submit your proposal you must:
- create a cruise profile
- submit one of these online:
- ship-time and marine equipment (SME)
- autonomous deployment application form (ADF).
Find out how to apply for marine facilities.
This form will provide NERC with details of the ship and equipment you wish to use, when you wish to use it, and how you intend to fund your research. All costings and cruise programming will be based on the information provided on this form, so it must be completed as accurately as possible.
Your completed SME or ADF must be submitted by 29 October 2021 in order to provide sufficient time for the costing process to be carried out. Failure to do so may result in the request not being considered for inclusion in the NERC Marine Facilities Programme.
Where an SME is linked to an individual NERC grant application, this should be made explicit both in the grant proposal and on the SME.
Please contact NERC Marine Planning (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the earliest opportunity to discuss your request and SME or ADF submission.
If your proposal requires ship time it’s anticipated the earliest that cruises will be programmed is in the financial year 2023 to 2024.