The projects are aimed at supporting synthesis activities including workshops (project development and team-building), meetings (including direct end-user engagement), and/or laboratory exchanges, and supporting piloted research work that may be necessary as proof-of-concept activities. The projects must generate tractable outputs that may range across national/international policy proposals, perspective/review articles, or preparation for major interdisciplinary research proposals. Activities that exploit synthesis to address issues of global importance and that may have long-term ODA benefit will be encouraged.
Project Implementation and delivery
Projects should be 3-6 months duration with a start no later than 1 September 2019. Review outcomes will be notified by 5 August 2019.
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by members of the Environmental Omics Synthesis Center’s Advisory Group (supplemented with additional members where specific expertise is required) and final funding recommendations made by a moderating panel consisting of the EOS AG with independent oversight by NERC and STFC Officers.
The assessment criteria to be used will be as follows:
• Research Excellence
• Fit to Scheme
• Evidence of synthesis
• Value for money
The funders will consider the overall balance of science needed to deliver the programme in making decisions about which Outline Proposals are progressed to the Full Proposal stage.
Applicants will be given brief feedback from the Panel summarising the reasons why the Outline was successful/unsuccessful. No further feedback will be available.