Announcement of Opportunity: Consortium Grants 2014

Water Point In Sierra Leone (Skat 2013)


Closing date: Monday 3 March 2014 16:00 UK local time (GMT/UTC)

Update 22 January 2014: The Announcement of Opportunity document has been updated to further describe eligibility. Anyone planning to apply to this call should ensure they refer to the updated document when formulating their proposal.

Outline proposals are invited for a new funding round as part of the Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa research programme funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC.

This £12m programme is an international programme funding interdisciplinary research, generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor.

This call is for outline Consortium Grant proposals which will provide an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary social and natural science research addressing the programme’s aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to further develop interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.

Proposals are invited for funding of up to £1·9m (FEC). This call has a total available budget of up to £7·6m. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of four years.

Submission of an Outline Proposal is mandatory in order to participate in the funding round at the full proposal stage.

All Outline Proposals will be assessed by an assessment panel and successful applicants will be notified by the start of March 2014 that they are able to proceed to the Full Proposal stage.

Applicants who are successful at the Outline Proposal stage, and thus invited to submit a Full Proposal, will be invited to a workshop to be held on 13 May 2014 in London. At least one representative from each successful Outline Proposal will be expected to attend.

The closing date for outline proposals is 16:00 UK local time (GMT/UTC) on Monday 3 March 2014. Outline proposal forms must be submitted as an email to

Outline proposal form (157KB)

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity document below for full details of the call.

Announcement of Opportunity (186KB)

For further information about this announcement of opportunity please contact:

Nicola Lewis
Tel: 01793 41173901793 411739

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