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Closing date for full proposals: 16:00 on 24 September 2015

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 £40k (at 80% FEC) for up to two years duration.

Proposals for IOF Pump Priming Plus grants may request funding of a maximum of £320k (at 80%FEC) for up to three years duration.

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Closing date for applications: 31st August 2015

Interviews: 14th September 2015

Start date: October 2015

A NERC funded PhD position on the "Development of ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry to study atmospheric aerosol pollution" is now available at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories at the University of York.

This project will develop a state of the art method to characterize the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosol and study the way it changes over time as it is transported downwind from its source. The student will design chromatographic methods for the new ultra-high resolution mass spectrometer (Orbitrap-MS) available in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories at the University of York. The aim of the project is to investigate the sources of organic compounds in samples from a range of locations including the UK, China and India and to develop strategies to quantify aerosol compounds that are not commercially available, allowing the importance of man-made versus natural emissions to be investigated.

The project will provide excellent multidisciplinary training in analytical and atmospheric science, and cross-cutting skills in instrumentation and complex data handling. The student will have the opportunity to take part in a range of NERC funded smog chamber and field experiments and to present their research at international conferences.

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For further information and informal discussion, please contact Dr Jacqui Hamilton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Deadline for applications: 12.00 noon, 16 September 2015.

The Space for Smarter Government Programme (via the UK Space Agency) is making up to £700,000 (inc VAT) available for new innovative technology solutions that contribute towards its goals of helping the public sector create sustainable operational services from satellite data and enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making.

A key goal of the programme is to also make use of existing investments in space and allow UK government to become the first customers for satellite products and services that could generate economic growth through export.

Operational users and their user requirements must be identified. Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) can assist in identifying appropriate end users.

This competition is particularly looking for new solutions that will lead to satellite-enabled services for the public sector in challenge areas including, but not limited to:

•           Natural Hazard Risk Management

•           Environment

•           Local Authorities and or Devolved Administrations

The competition will have two phases. Phase 1 has a total budget of £700,000 (inc VAT) and is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 5 months up to £80,000 (inc. VAT) per project.

Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that funding will be up to £500,000 (inc VAT) for each Phase 2 contract for up to 12 months.

The Innovation Projects Open Call will fund projects that increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research outputs by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses.

Funds will be used to support projects which focus upon generating user applicable outputs from past and/or current NERC supported research and which translates them into outcomes that achieve impact.

The Innovation Projects Open Call will open on 14 July 2015 and close on 22 October 2015. This call will allow proposals for up to £125k at 100% FEC (£100k NERC contribution at 80% FEC) for up to 24 months, starting in April 2016. NERC anticipates seeing a range of requests within the £125k limit/24 month limits, reflecting the range of potential projects and activities.

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