Full proposals must be submitted using the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
Applicants should select:
- proposal type: standard proposal
- document type: fellowship proposal
- scheme: Innovation People
- call: Knowledge Exchange Fellowships (KE Jan22).
The knowledge exchange fellowship funding opportunity will close on Je-S at 16:00 on 20 January 2022. It will not be possible to submit to the funding opportunity after this time. Applicants should leave enough time for their proposal to pass through their organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
Any proposal that is incomplete, or does not meet NERC’s eligibility criteria or follow NERC’s submission rules, will be office-rejected and will not be considered.
See the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook.
All attachments, with the exception of letters of support and services, facilities or equipment quotes, submitted through the Je-S system must be completed in single-spaced typescript of minimum font size 11 point (Arial or other sans serif typeface of equivalent size to Arial 11), with margins of at least 2cm. Please note that Arial narrow, Calibri and Times New Roman are not allowable font types and any proposal which has used either of these font types within their submission will be rejected.
References and footnotes should also be at least 11 point font and should be in the same font type as the rest of the document. Headers and footers should not be used for references or information relating to the scientific case. Applicants referring to websites should note that referees may choose not to use them.
Applicants should ensure that their proposal conforms to all eligibility and submission rules, otherwise their proposal may be rejected without peer review. More details on NERC’s submission rules can be found in:
Proposals for this funding opportunity should be submitted following the requirements outlined in section F of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook.
Please note that on submission to the council, all non-PDF documents are converted to PDF. The use of non-standard fonts may result in errors or font conversion, which could affect the overall length of the document.
Additionally, where non-standard fonts are present, and even if the converted PDF document may look unaffected in the Je-S system, when it is imported into the research councils grants system some information may be removed. We therefore recommend that where a document contains any non-standard fonts (scientific notation, diagrams and so on), the document should be converted to PDF prior to attaching it to the proposal.
No associated studentships can be requested under this funding opportunity.
The expected start date for projects funded under this funding opportunity is 31 August 2022.
Notes on completing the Je-S form
Project title: state that you are applying for a knowledge exchange fellowship or sustainable minerals knowledge exchange fellowship in the title.
Knowledge exchange fellowships are awarded 100% of costs with no provision for overheads.
Identify, as relevant, the key stakeholders, partners and user communities you will interact with and will benefit from your programme of work. Identify what impacts this may generate.
You should consider how your project will enhance the impact of the NERC remit science related to the wider community. Think about how you will connect with the most suitable stakeholders to generate impact (as described by the Research Excellence Framework) in terms of either (or both):
- reach (how widely the impact has been felt)
- significance (how much difference was made to the beneficiaries) .
Tick the ‘exceptions’ box.
These are the only attachments we require.
Case for support
Four sides A4 maximum.
Outline your ideas of how you will undertake this role.
Two sides A4 maximum.
Please attach your CV, including a track record.
Justification of resources
Two sides A4 maximum.
Explain why you need funds for activities making reference to your project objectives.
Head of department statement
Two sides A4 maximum.
The head of department of the host institution will be required to demonstrate the availability of structured institutional support, and opportunities for personal development available to the fellow.
Letters of support
Upload letters of support.
These need to be from organisations who are offering support in cash or support in kind and who will be engaged in the programme of work. It is not the number of letters but the quality of engagement and integration within the programme of work that the panel will assess.
Sustainable mineral resources in the Philippines applications
To apply for the sustainable mineral resources in the Philippines knowledge exchange fellowship, include ‘sustainable minerals knowledge exchange fellowship’ in the title of your application.
In your case for support, clearly outline how your programme of work will meet the specific aims and objectives described in ‘what we’re looking for’.