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NERC Cross Disciplinary Funding UCL Internal Call

NERC Cross-disciplinary research for Environmental Solutions – UCL Funds Available. Deadline 12noon Wednesday 30 November 2022

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded a grant of £100,000 to UCL that will support academics and researchers to build expertise and agility to work across disciplinary boundaries within Discovery Science. Funds must be spent by 31 March 2023 at the latest.

The NERC Cross-disciplinary research for Environmental Solutions funding will:

  • support UCL academics and researchers (from all career stages) to build and enhance collaborations that will transcend disciplinary and organisational boundaries in order to address the environmental challenges we face;
  • expand upon the momentum we have already created;
  • and move towards true integration of disciplines.

UCL Internal Call

We are now inviting applications to this funding scheme from across UCL *Please note that the deadline has been extended to 12noon on Wednesday 30 November 2022*

In order to apply for this internal funding scheme, please complete the application form online here: https://forms.office.com/r/FWddqTahfz by 12noon on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

All application forms must be accompanied by an internal standalone worktribe, please speak to your relevant departmental administrators about this as soon as possible.

It is essential you read the full announcement of opportunity here and familiarise yourself with what you can apply for.

The responses from this form will be assessed by a cross UCL panel overseen by the Environment Domain. The panel will assess proposals on the following:

  • The quality of the application and how the proposed research links to the NERC Pushing the Frontiers ambitions.
  • How the proposed activities help create new collaborations or enhance existing collaborations.
  • How the activities help to develop an understanding of different cross-disciplinary research perspectives and/or methodologies within the environmental sciences.
  • The impact of the activities/collaborations.
  • The extent to which the proposed activities can be delivered within the timeframe and budget.

We hope to communicate the outcome W/C 5 December 2022.

If you have any queries or require the application form in an alternative format please do not hesitate to contact Becca: b.burns@ucl.ac.uk

As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion in relation to the Equality Act 2010, we would particularly like to encourage applications from colleagues who identify as underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women, BAME, LGBT+ community and disabled individuals at UCL to apply for this opportunity


W/C 31 October 2022: Announcement of Opportunity
Wednesday 30 November 12noon: Deadline for application forms to be completed
W/C 5 December Panel Meeting with successful applicants contacted shortly after.
31 March 2023: Funds to be spent.

PIs will also need to complete a post project report form which will be shared in late February 2023.

Requirements and eligibility:

The funding must be used to facilitate and enhance interdisciplinary working in NERC Discovery Science. In line with the ambition of the Pushing the Frontiers of environmental science call NERC are seeking to pump prime collaborations that will enable researchers to be truly adventurous and ambitious in the pursuit of curiosity-driven, high-risk and high-reward projects that address environmental challenges.

This funding will cover collaborations (to enable discovery within environmental science) across the breadth of UKRI remit, including the arts, humanities, engineering and technology and medical sciences.
The grant can be used to support academics and researchers employed by the HEI at lecturer (or equivalent) level or above and Post-Doctoral Research Assistants. PhD students are not eligible.

The funding can be used to support activities within your organisation, or in partnership with other UK research organisations (and/ or end users)

What is available:

NERC is offering £100k at 100% FEC.
Due to the nature of this funding and internal funds available elsewhere at UCL, we encourage applications above £15,000. You may apply for up to £100k.
All funding must be spent by 31 March 2023.

Eligible costs include:

• Directly Allocated staff costs, plus associated indirect and estates costs – up to a total of 10% of PI and CO-I time can be applied for
• Directly Incurred staff costs, plus associated indirect and estates costs
• Directly Incurred T&S
• Directly Incurred Other costs (to cover other expenses, workshops, consumables etc.)

Equipment (single items costing over £10k) is not an eligible cost on this grant. 


If you have any queries please get in touch with Dr Becca Burns, Strategic Co-ordinator: Environment on b.burns@ucl.ac.uk