Arctic Funding Announcement

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18th June 2010.

NERC today announces its Arctic Research Programme which strongly overlaps with MethaneNet interests and priorities. Expressions of interest are invited for projects in this area together with applications to attend a funding workshop. 15 million pounds are available in the programme.

1) First Funding Round –¬†Call for Expressions of Interest
2) First Funding Round Workshop 29-30 September 2010

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 29 July 2010
The closing date for applications to attend the workshop is 18 August 2010

Expressions of Interest (EoIs) are invited for the first and main funding round of a major new research programme on the Arctic. This £15m programme directly relates to the delivery of NERC strategy, in particular the climate system, Earth system science, biodiversity and natural hazards science themes. This programme is also expected to contribute to Living With Environmental Change (LWEC).

The overarching aim of the programme is to improve capability to predict changes in the Arctic, particularly over timescales of months to decades, including regional impacts and the potential for feedbacks on the global Earth System.

This will be achieved via four linked scientific objectives:

* Objective 1: Understanding and attributing the current rapid changes in the Arctic
* Objective 2: Quantifying Arctic processes leading to methane and carbon dioxide release
* Objective 3: Reducing uncertainty in Arctic climate and associated regional biogeochemistry predictions
* Objective 4: Assessing the likely risks of submarine hazards associated with rapid Arctic climate change

Expressions of Interest (EoIs) must describe proposals that address the programme objectives and questions posed within the related science topics. EoI Forms must be submitted to by 16.00 on 29 July 2010.

Please refer to the NERC website for full details of the Arctic Programme first funding round and how to apply, which are set out in the Announcement of Opportunity and the programme Science Plan.

A workshop will be held 29-30 September 2010 at the University of Warwick, Scarman Conference Centre, to support the development of proposals to the Arctic Programme first funding round. Applications to attend the workshop from those intending to submit Expressions of Interest or interested in participating in the programme are invited by 18 August 2010.

Further details about the workshop and how to apply are available on the NERC website:

A MethaneNet group (ArCH4) has been setup to help with communication between MethaneNet members on this funding programme. If you are interested in this call, please join.