International Oppurtunities Fund 2013 - NERC

Posted by Jamal Fida Monday, October 15, 2012 0 comments
Closing Date: November 27,2012.

The aim of the IOF Scheme is to facilitate international collaboration that is significantly aligned with NERC strategic priorities and will add value to existing UK environmental research and knowledge exchange capability.
It aims to support activities that are not typically supported through NERC's usual funding schemes. This may include, for example, international programmes and networks; collaborative secondments and exchanges; major international workshops or conferences; pump-priming to attract inward investment to UK research institutions; or international project offices.
The aim of the IOF Scheme is to facilitate international collaboration that is significantly aligned with NERC strategic priorities and will add value to existing UK environmental research and knowledge exchange capability. It aims to support activities that are nottypically supported through NERC's usual funding schemes. This may include, for example, international programmes and networks; collaborative secondments and exchanges; major international workshops or conferences; pump-priming to attract inward investment to UK research institutions; or international project offices.
The specific IOF Scheme objectives are as follows:
  • to fund high impact, outcome focused, collaborative activities in areas of NERC strategic themes and challenges as expressed in the
  • to fund activities that require international collaboration at the centre of their approach, focused on supporting UK leadership internationally, adding value through collaboration to UK capability and delivering outcomes that cannot be delivered by the UK alone. This leverage will normally require partnerships with current or emerging leading research nations. Building capacity in least developed nations is not a focus of this call.
  • to fund activities that have lasting outputs that are expected to have benefits beyond the duration of the IOF award (eg establishing long-term collaborations, pump-priming for ongoing, self-sustaining activities, and/or developing high-impact knowledge)
  • to fund international activities that are not typically supported through other NERC funding schemes
  • to promote collaboration between UK researchers and those from NERC target countries as represented in the Belmont Forum of Global Environmental Change Research Funders and RCUK Overseas Offices1. (Collaborations with countries not represented on the Belmont Forum or with RCUK Overseas Offices will be considered, but a clear rationale for their prioritisation should be given.)

IOF awards may be up to 3 years in duration.
The total amount of funding available for this Call is anticipated to be approximately £1·4M. A maximum of £300K (100% FEC) per award may be requested and NERC anticipates funding up to 6 awards. This limit is the total cost that can be requested from NERC for each project not per component submitted. The NERC funding contribution will be 80% of FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC).
Substantial co-funding and/or in-kind support from overseas or international partner(s) is a requirement of an IOF proposal, in order to maximise scope of the activity, leverage the UK contribution, and demonstrate the commitment of partners.
There is no minimum award size restriction. However, the size of the award should be appropriate to the activity that is being proposed, and only substantial projects that deliver high and lasting impact, and that leverage NERC funding, will be considered during the assessment process.

Source and More Informations:
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/international/iof/events/ao2012.asp



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