CSSP Brazil research opportunities


Call reference: DN435003

Bids are invited for CSSP Brazil

Please note that this opportunity is open to UK researchers only.

Grant Funds for the period April 2020 – March 2021 
Call for competition to cover the following call:
CSSP Brazil: Analysis of SSTs and teleconnections to Brazil rainfall change and risks of future droughts  

Call for Competition up to a maximum of: 
£100,000 (100% FEC) OR £80,000 (80% FEC) 

Key dates:

Deadline for bidding: 22 November 2019, 12 noon

Estimated award of call: End January 2020

Estimated delivery period: 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021


The Met Office anticipates holding a call for research proposals in September 2019. In preparation for the call, the Met Office is inviting expressions of interest from UK researchers.  
The Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil (CSSP Brazil), supported by the UK Government’s Newton Fund, is a research programme that will support the development of capability to underpin services to inform decision makers in climate mitigation and adaptation strategy, supporting climate and weather resilient economic development and social welfare.

Summary of CSSP Brazil project aims 
This project aims to develop underpinning capability in climate modelling in Brazil; gain understanding of recent climate changes and Brazil's role in mitigation activities and greenhouse-gas budgets to inform international negotiations; and provide projections of future extremes and impacts, from seasonal to centennial timescales, to inform decision making and contribute to disaster risk reduction in Brazil. 
Specific aims include improving land surface modelling for quantifying greenhouse-gas budgets and climate impacts; assembly of datasets that improve understanding of ecosystem functioning and enable process-evaluation of models; development of new evaluation techniques that build trust in simulations and constrain projected model outputs; and climate impacts research to improve understanding of natural disasters associated with climate variability and change.  
The partnership is led in Brazil by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) and the National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (CEMADEN). We would expect the successful bidder to collaborate with these partners. 
For further information please visit the project webpage.

Submissions will be sought on CSSP Brazil: Analysis of SSTs and teleconnections to Brazil rainfall change and risks of future droughts  

Previous climate studies with Met Office climate models have shown large reductions in Amazon rainfall, which would imply a substantial reduction in river flow and forest resilience. Although this now seems to be an outlier compared to other models, it remains a high-impact, physically-plausible outcome: if the projected SSTs anomalies are used to force a different model (e.g. EC-Earth) a large drop in rainfall is still simulated. Research is required to investigate these SST anomalies, e.g.: to assess their magnitude and character in the context of other projections, and mechanisms by which they occurred. Research questions include how the role of the climate forcing, structural features of the model, or particular parameter choices determine the SST evolution.

Anticipated outputs or results  
Mechanistic understanding of causes of SST patterns which drive substantial South American (esp. Amazon) drying. Assessment of the plausibility of such projections and whether CMIP6 models continue to simulate this as a high-impact, physically-plausible outcome.


Background on the Newton Fund WCSSP programme
The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.  
The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 7 UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation (comprising the 7 research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. For further information visit the Newton Fund website and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund  
The Met Office is administering the Newton Fund through under the wider Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme (WCSSP). The WCSSP Programme is developing a global network of projects that harness the scientific expertise needed to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability. This network accelerates our scientific understanding of the challenges presented by a changing and changeable climate and strengthens our shared ability to develop innovative services that reduce, or manage, societies’ exposure – creating a ‘global community around a shared challenge’.

For more information see the programme webpages and follow via Twitter: @MetOfficeww

The following criteria must be met by the organisation submitting a bid against Calls supported by the Newton Fund in order to be eligible to apply or be awarded funds against this Call: 
•    Demonstrate how the Bid contributes to the Newton Fund aim to develop science and innovation partnerships. 
•    Demonstrate ODA compliance. 
•    Must be a UK operating and registered organisation. 
•    Consortium bids are eligible; a lead partner must be nominated for payment and agreement purposes and must be a UK operating and registered organisation. Details of all consortium members must be provided. 
•    Funding can only be used to fund new activity for the costs incurred. 
•    An in-country economic and societal benefit must be demonstrated. 
•    The activity must last the full duration of the Grant Award Term specified. 
•    There must be a willingness to work with Authority and other organisations and individuals associated with the WCSSP Programme. 
•    Be willing to work with other funding authorities to ensure delivery costs represent the most efficient use of resources to deliver the overall Programme over the Grant Award Term. 
•    Bidders are not expected to have in-country Partners to respond to this call. The bilateral partnership nature of the Newton Fund means that effort by in-country researchers is supported by our existing in-country partners as standard.

How to Apply:
The above opportunity is advertised on the Met Office ProContract e-Tendering portal called ProContract.  To access and register your interest you will need to log onto the ProContract portal via this link: 

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