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NERC/DEFRA opportunity profile: Marine ecosystems

The Natural Environment Research Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently announced funding of £4.2 million for a large consortium to study marine ecosystems. This comes from a larger grant of £6m, with the rest likely to be distributed in 2015. The deadline for outline proposals is 31 January, so Rebecca Hill spoke to Mike Webb, science and innovation manager in marine sciences at NERC, for some more information.

What’s the total budget for this call, and how is it divided up?

At the moment it’s £6m, but we’re hoping it will be £7m in the end—we’re working with Defra to get an extra £1m. Of that, £3.6m will contribute to improving the understanding of key ecosystem services, and £0.6m will be for integrating this into ecosystem models. This is the £4.2m in the current open call. We’ve earmarked £600,000 [outside the £4.2m] for modelling improvements, using knowledge coming from this consortia grant. That will be a closed call for those awarded money in the current call.

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