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NERC ARF How To Apply

Announcements of Opportunity (for annual focused & limited NERC National Capability funded support)

The deadline for proposals for UK flying in this year is 7 October 2017. A standard Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is circulated around June to this affect. However, special AOs may be circulated at any time during the year with varying deadlines if a thematic campaign in a selected area or with special instruments is planned.

There are five routes for access to the Facility:

  1. Support for NERC research programmes require large numbers of flight hours (science/data acquisition and transits to remote sites) and which incur significant additional costs associated with extended operations away from the ARSF operations base at Gloucester Airport. Details concerning those opportunities are available via the NERC website.
  2. Support for NERC Responsive Moderesearch (Large, Standard, Urgency, New Investigator Grants and NERC Fellowship) can also be associated with large numbers of flight hours (science/data acquisition and transits to remote sites) and which incur significant additional costs associated with extended operations away from the ARSF operations base at Gloucester Airport.
  3. Direct Applications to the ARF Steering Committee for small-scale projects in UK and Europe, where PIs apply for allocation of flight hours (typically < 10 hours) and associated data processing only: ground-validation activities and data analysis are self-funded.
  4. Commissioned research funded from peer reviewed application submitted to other research councils, the European Facility for Airborne Research (EUFAR) or NERC research centres.
  5. Commissioned research funded by science / business partners with a focus of environmental research.

* * Please note that application forms are currently required for all applications to the NERC ARF. These are only available from the NERC ARF Science & Operations Coordinator. In the future a web-based system will be available. * *

Pre-submission advice

  1. Advance contact with the facility can allow a discussion about the possibilities and viability for supporting specific science proposals and allow areas-of-interest to be evaluated for viability in terms of air access.
  2. The ARSF document “Guidelines for User Access to the NERC ARF” (PDF 195kb)provides details of the routes and mechanisms for access to the Facility. This specifies the levels of resourcing available via each route and the sequence of actions required of the applicant.
  3. Potential users are advised to consult the NERC Grants Handbookand Fellowship Handbook for full details regarding eligibility for support and procedures.
  4. Applicants MUSTcontact the Science & Operations Coordinator and/or the Operations Manager to discuss their proposal, and to estimate resource implications such as flight hours and superstructure costs. An ARSF application form will be issued at this stage. In parallel, applicants should:
    • check NEODC archivesfor the availability of previous data sets of your designed study area; and
    • check the eligibility policy(see 3. above) before applying for the use of the Facility.
  5. Completed forms must be returned in electronic format, as a single Word document comprising technical requirements, science case, and any maps and diagrams. In addition ARSF requires a hard copy of the page bearing the signatures of the Principal Investigator and Head of Department. An explanation of the application formcan be downloaded and the Science/Operations Coordinator contacted if further guidance or advice is required.

All application forms must include a full scientific case and methodology (maximum five pages plus diagrams, to be inserted under paragraph 20) and a full bibliography.