Flexible Funding 2023 £30/50k awards

5. Application submission process

Proposals will need to be submitted via the UKCCSRC website with all relevant documentation attached:

  • Brief online form (i.e. name, institute, Co-Is, how your proposal addresses the scope of the call etc.)
  • 2-page proposal / case for support
  • Dummy EPSRC JeS form with all sections filled in, only one JeS form will be accepted, all information must be collated into one JeS form for the lead PI’s institute (but no attachments)
  • Justification of Resources document
  • Unlimited pages of user support letters / letters of support
  • ECRs only: supervisor letter of support

The proposal must include:

  • The issues that the proposal addresses and links to relevant supporting policy material
  • Details of proposed research
  • Cost breakdowns (for proposals covering multiple organisations individual budgets will be required as part of the submission and costs by institution must be clearly identified in the dummy JeS and the Justification of Resources form)
  • Timetable/Gantt chart
  • Deliverables
  • Impact delivery means and activities

6. Co-funding, industrial support and collaboration

The Centre is keen to encourage researchers to attract co-investment and industrial support for their proposals. Proposals that obtain co-investment in excess of £10k will be able to apply for £50k of funding. The definition used for co-investment for this funding call is ‘The additional investment (in terms of eligible costs) the lead bidder and core partners intend to provide for the infrastructure and R&D activity. This pledged investment must be committed at the outset of the project’.

In-kind support will be considered within the value for money assessment criteria but does not make the proposal eligible for the £50k funding. All applications will also be expected to show active engagement with industry or other research users.

Researchers that envisage collaboration with other UKRI funded bodies should seek advice beforehand from the UKCCSRC Secretariat in order to identify any potential contractual difficulties prior to proposal submission.

7. Application assessment process

Proposals will be assessed by independent reviewers reporting to the UKCCSRC Board and funding will be decided solely by the Board based on their recommendations. The review process will include consideration of the following factors; the Board may interpret and apply them as it sees fit to suit the particular circumstances.

Does this proposal align well with the wider CCS landscape?Yes / NoOnly proposals considered to have made a good case that the research aligns to the wider CCS landscape and supports the Government’s net-zero objectives will be considered.
Quality of the research30%Relevant criteria include:

  • High quality science
  • Research team and project management
  • Appropriate collaboration and multi-disciplinarity
  • Credible planning and deliverables
  • Novelty in the research
  • Replication of research for validation purposes
Perceived value for money20%Relevant criteria include:

  • Cost per unit output – are the funds requested reasonable
  • Effective use of resources
  • Capacity building consequences
Probability of impact (including commercial, policy and regulatory)20%Relevant criteria include:

  • Links with industry and other stakeholders
  • Translation of research to commercial impact (which could include via general industry improvements, better permitting guidelines etc.)
  • International reach
Research user support10%Possible examples:

  • Participation in meetings
  • Other in-kind contributions
  • Financial contributions
  • Level of co-funding attracted
Impact delivery arrangements10%
  • Dissemination expected, such as papers, workshops and other direct user engagement (e.g. secondments) as appropriate.
Economic, social and environmental benefits10%
  • Engagement with public
  • Links with relevant stakeholders

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The UKCCSRC 2023 Flexible Funding Call closed 15th June, 1pm