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We will be allocating funding for the Clean Air, UK Climate Resilience and ExCALIBUR programmes through open competition. 


UK Climate Resilience programme

Clean Air programme



UK Climate Resilience programme

Call Reference:  DN487386
Met Office tendering on behalf of BEIS.
Open call for: SPF UK Climate Resilience – High-impact storylines and scenarios for risk assessment and planning (CR20-4)
Grant Funds for the period: 1st December 2020 – 30th November 2022
Call for competition to cover the following call: 
Lot number Title Amount (100% FEC) Amount (80% FEC) FY20/21 FY21/22



High-impact storylines and scenarios for risk assessment and planning £350,000 £280,000      

Amount per FY

(100% FEC):

£60k £175k



Amount per FY

(80% FEC):

£45k £140k


Key dates

Deadlines for bids:                    23rd September 2020 12 midday 
Estimated Award of Call:          w/c 2nd November 2020
Estimated Delivery Period:     1st December 2020 – 30th November 2022
The Met Office has a funding opportunity for the following project.
The SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme is supported by BEIS/UKRI and is commissioning research that will use multiple lines of evidence to produce high-impact storylines and scenarios of present and future climate, to at least 2100. These scenarios are sometimes used to examine plausible worse-case outcomes and some types are referred to as H++ scenarios. The outputs should cover a number of climate variables. The form of the outputs should include both narrative descriptions and quantitative datasets that can be applied in a range of potential impact studies and assessments. Additionally, information should be provided on the level of confidence in the storylines and scenarios and their underlying assumptions.
The scenarios produced must cover the UK and ideally, where appropriate, have consistency with UKCP18 outputs, including by providing any datasets on the same grids as UKCP and including the same regions.
The project must produce high-impact climate storylines or scenarios for both high emission, mid-emission and low emission futures. Additionally, where it is possible to do so there should be some guidance on the joint probability of different types of high-impact event occurring together, including a discussion of the physical conditions leading to this.
The scenarios and storylines must be both useful and usable for risk assessment and suitable user engagement should be part of the project.
The following criteria must be met by UK organisations submitting a bid against Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) funded Calls to be eligible to apply or be awarded funds against this Call:

- Must be a UK operating and registered organisation. 
- Consortium bids are eligible; a lead partner must be nominated for payment and agreement purposes and all parties must be UK operating and registered organisations. Details of all consortium members must be provided.
- Funding can only be used to fund new activity for the costs incurred.
- 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 SPF Programme.
How to Apply:
The above funding 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: 

You may need to search for the Call reference: DN487386
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Online Discussions between Bidders and the Met Office:
There is a Discussions function on ProContract which shall be used to provide all further information regarding this opportunity including any changes to time scales, scope or clarifications. This function must be used by bidders to submit all clarification questions.
The National Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced an opportunity - Preparing for Future Clean Air Challenges: Interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia.
Key dates
Closing date (Notification of Intent): 16:00 on 3 September 2020
Closing date (Outline Proposals): 16:00 on 15 October 2020
Closing date (Full Proposals - INVITE ONLY): 16:00 on 25 February 2021
Full details can be found on the NERC website.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority has announced a number of funding opportunities for Project NEPTUNE (Neutrals & Plasma TUrbulence Numerics for the Exascale).
Closing date: 12:00 on 21 October 2020
Project NEPTUNE seeks to develop knowledge, capability and prototype infrastructure targeting one of the Grand Challenge problems in modelling the behaviour of a thermonuclear plasma – the so-called “tokamak edge”, where hot plasma interacts with cooler neutral atoms and the machine wall itself. The system of equations forms a classic multi-physics, multiscale grand challenge problem that has long been heralded as “Exascale class” and as such, requires a UK wide team in order to build an ”actionable” platform targeting ITER (a €25B reactor class tokamak being constructed in the South of France) and for designing the world’s first commercial fusion reactors (for the example of the UKAEA led STEP programme, an ambitious project to deliver fusion power to the grid in the 2040’s, see:
Initial activities are designed to form an “exploratory phase” and to build a UK wide community around the project. More detail can be found in the Fusion Modelling System Science Plan attached to each call. The 8 calls are as follows:
T/NA078/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP1 Numerical representation: Performance of Spectral Elements (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA079/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP1 Numerical representation: Optimal Use of Particles (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA080/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP1 Numerical Representation: Study of Uncertainty Quantification Techniques (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA081/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling SystemFM-WP1 Numerical Representation: Study of Model Order Reduction (MOR) Techniques (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA083/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP2 Development of Plasma Fluid Referent Model via Exploratory Proxyapps (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA084/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP1 Numerical Representation: Investigate Matrix-Preconditioning Techniques (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA085/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP2 Plasma multiphysics model: Development of gyro-averaged referent model (Project NEPTUNE)
T/NA086/20 - ExCALIBUR Fusion Modelling System. FM-WP4 Code structure and coordination: Investigate DSL and code generation techniques (Project NEPTUNE)