Research funding:

Soil Security Programme: Announcement of opportunity for consortia awards

A joint call with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Government, administered by NERC

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Call status: Open
Application deadline: 30 July 2014, 4pm


On behalf of the programme funders, NERC is inviting proposals for consortia projects requesting funds between £1M and £2.5M (80% FEC), and of up to three years' duration, which will address the objectives of the programme as stated in the announcement of opportunity (see below).

Up to £5M is available to support projects submitted to this call subject to the quality of proposals received. Within that total, up to £0.5M is available from the Scottish Government primarily to support the costs of the participation in joint proposals of its Main Research Providers for rural affairs and the environment, which are not eligible for Research Council funding.

It is expected two to four projects will be supported from this call, depending on the size and quality of the proposals received.


The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme funded by NERC, BBSRC and the Scottish Government that aims to secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems and the services they deliver to people – such as sustainable agriculture, flood and disease regulation, carbon storage and clean water. The programme is aligned with the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, and with Defra activities in this area.


This call forms part of a wider collaborative partnership on soil security developed under the Global Food Security Programme, which includes other activities led by BBSRC, NERC, Defra and Scottish Government.


Open to organisations eligible for NERC and/or BBSRC research grant managed mode funding, i.e. applicants based in:

Please refer to the RCUK website for details of RCUK eligibility (see external links).

Applicants from the following three organisations:

  1. Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
  2. The James Hutton Institute
  3. Moredun Research Institute

are eligible only for the Scottish Government funding and may apply for support up to the £0.5M (80% FEC) provided. We encourage applicants to whom this applies to contact Scottish Government to discuss this, prior to submitting their proposal.

All applicants need to be registered or be able to register on RCUK's Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) to be directly named as an applicant on a proposal.

Potential applicants should contact NERC Swindon Office using the contact details provided below well in advance of the closing date if they have queries concerning their eligibility.

How to apply

Submit your application via the Research Councils' Je-S system (see external links) by 30 July 2014, 4pm.

For further information see the call text download below.