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My winning proposal: NERC’s ‘now or never’ grants


Be sure you can hit the ground running before applying for an Urgency Grant

Top tips

  • A quick call to the council will tell you whether reviewers are likely to consider your project as much an urgency as you do
  • Ensure that everything you need to undertake field research can be ready to go when you start
  • The process is less onerous than for other grants; you will get a rapid response
  • Don’t omit basic grantsmanship; you still need to communicate the excellence of the science

The Natural Environment Research Council has replaced its two main responsive-mode schemes with two schemes—one for pilot projects, the other for substantial research—aimed at encouraging more adventurous research from scientists. The larger of these was profiled recently in Funding Insight.

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