SHEAR Catalyst Grants

Funding available to support projects focused on weather-related hazards such as floods and droughts, heatwaves and the events weather can trigger, eg landslides, and improving peoples’ resilience to these, in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

Fund Information
Funding body: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Maximum value: £ 250,000
Application deadline: 21/11/2017

Extended Description

This catalyst grant call is part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) research programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Proposals should focus on weather-related hazards such as floods, droughts, heatwaves and the events weather can trigger, eg landslides, and improving peoples’ resilience to these, in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. Proposals are expected to address one or more of the following research challenges:
•Improved understanding of the hydrological, geological and hydro-meteorological factors that determine the occurrence, duration and impact of hazard/s and how they impact on local communities.
•Improved understanding of how governance, political interventions and societal factors influence the impact of hazards and can contribute to better preparedness and resilience.
•Development of techniques for multi-hazard risk assessments by building on multi-hazard modelling to include cascading hazards and concurrent hazards.
•Development of improved impact models which take into account the vulnerability, exposure and capacity of affected communities.
•Development of integrated, multi-hazard risk monitoring and early warning systems.
•Improved understanding of how social and behavioural factors affect the communication, uptake and use of risk-based information and how this can be taken into account when designing effective monitoring and warning systems.
•Expanding on existing ongoing research, in particular to scale-up to the regional/national level or transfer approaches and methodologies to a different area.

In order to achieve development impact, SHEAR welcomes interdisciplinary teams of researchers working with users through a co-design/co-production approach. Risk/hazard information end-users should have a role in defining research questions and make a commitment to working as part of a project to bring research into use to reduce the impacts of disasters. Projects should not duplicate already funded work, including other SHEAR projects, but complement and where appropriate build on these activities. Projects should be coherent activities that address some or all of the SHEAR goals.

The expected outcomes of the programme are improved research and innovation capacity and new collaborative partnerships in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that will enable the research community to respond to future calls, eg from the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund.

Eligibility Criteria

Projects are required to have a Principal Investigator (PI) based in a UK research organisation eligible for NERC funding. Projects with Co-investigators and researchers based in other organisations, particularly in low and middle-income countries, are strongly encouraged, but will receive funding through the lead research organisation. Individuals may be named on a maximum of two proposals submitted, and may be named as a lead Principal Investigator on only one.

NERC grants can be held at approved UK higher education institutions (HEIs), approved Research Council institutes (RCIs) and approved independent research organisations (IROs).

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