Following consultation with the NERC community, in July 2011 NERC Council approved the introduction of demand management measures for responsive mode proposals submitted from 1 April 2012. The measures will be applied to applications submitted to the following NERC responsive mode schemes: Urgency, Large and Standard grants (including those lead by new investigators).
The measures will NOT apply to the NERC Fellowship schemes or outline proposals.
The NERC Delivery Plan 2011-2015 includes the target to reduce demand and manage success rates for responsive mode research grants.Demand management aims to minimise the inefficiencies in the funding system for both resaerch organisations and NERC by reducing the number of proposals submitted and reviewed whist maintaining the quality of grants awarded.
Provisional timetable for introduction of demand management measures
1 April 2012
Monitoring of submissions and outcomes for demand management purposes commences
Request for research organisations to nominate designated point(s) of contact for demand management interactions.
Initial identification of research organisations with high number or proportion of uncompetitive submissions.
Provision of past performance data.
Rolling schedule starting Autumn 2012
Scheduled visits and dialogue.
Annually from Autumn 2013
Provision of updated data and analyses.
For full details of this announcement see the NERC website.