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CSSP China research opportunities

Open calls for CSSP China

Call Reference: DN373687

To respond to these research opportunities, see notes at the end of this page.
Please note that these calls are open to UK researchers only.

Grant Funds for the period April 2019 – March 2021

Research opportunities for the following lots:  

Lot number


Amount (over 2 years)


Convective-scale climate variability and change £600,000


Sector-based Climate Services – for Water Resources £300,000


Translational Services – Multi-model Approaches in Climate Services £300,000


Translational Services – Bridging the Provider-User Gap £400,000

Key Dates:

Publication of call: (Start of bidding period). November 2018 - A notification email will be sent to parties who have formally registered their interest by way of clicking on the ‘Register Interest’ button displayed below the opportunity on the ProContract portal
Bidding Period:  6 weeks
Estimated Award of Call:    February 2019
Estimated Delivery Period:

Year 1: April 2019 – March 2020

Year 2: April 2020 – March 2021


The Climate Science for Service Partnership for China (CSSP China), supported by the UK Government’s Newton Fund, is a  joint UK-China research programme that aims to help build the basis for services to support climate and weather resilient  economic development and social welfare through strong strategic partnerships harnessing UK scientific expertise.

Summary of CSSP China project aims:

CSSP China aims to accelerate climate science R&D programmes to underpin development of climate services that help build resilience to climate vulnerability. Specific project themes include: 1) Monitoring, attribution and reanalysis to improve understanding of climate and its short- and long-term variations; 2) Global dynamics of climate variability and change with the overall aim of improving regional climate predictions; 3) East Asian climate variability and extremes to improve understanding of regional modes of climate variability, their teleconnections and impacts on regional water cycle and climate extremes within East Asia; 4) Development of models and climate projection systems to underpin the modelling capability within climate prediction programmes; and 5) Climate Services to assist decision-making by individuals and organisations enabling better management of risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change.

For further information please visit the project website 

Lot details: 

CHN1: Convective-scale climate variability and change

Objective 1: understand the physical processes underpinning climate-variability at convection-resolving scales (e.g., land-sea / mountain-valley breezes, convective organisation, diurnal monsoon variability, cloud-aerosols interactions) and how these processes interact with anthropogenic forcing of the climate system.

Objective 2: understand the up-scale effects of convective-scale processes on the east Asian monsoon flow, and use this to diagnose sources of rainfall biases in lower-resolution models.

Objective 3: establish novel diagnostic tools and improved conceptual understanding to inform the development improved regional models for East Asia (link to 4.1.4).

Objective 4: establish novel methods for investigating the down-stream impacts of extreme weather (e.g., flooding, air quality, frost-disasters) leading to suggestions for improved climate services and/or establish novel modelling techniques leading to improved, regional-scale climate information.

CHN2: Sector-based Climate Services – for Water Resources

  • Research to underpin development of climate services relating to water resources in China and the UK:
  • Understand climate information requirements for water resource management relating to the Yellow River and the South-North Project
  • Develop climate information products for use by water resource managers in relation to the Yellow River and the South-North Project, done in close collaboration with CMA, IAP, and the end users.
  • Evaluate the use and effectiveness of the climate information products.

CHN3: Translational Services – Multi-model Approaches in Climate Services

Developers and providers of climate services often have access to climate predictions and climate projections from several different models (and/or an ensemble of simulations from one model) and there are challenges (and opportunities) that arise from being able to develop climate services from multiple models. For example, how to translate, combine and make use of multiple, often differing, lines of evidence from the model data and information derived from it; how to present the information in a useful and valuable way for the user while ensuring scientific robustness; how to guide the user through appropriate use of the climate service and help effective decision-making; how to build confidence in a climate service based on multiple lines of evidence derived from multiple models;

This project will develop methodologies and provide guidance to aid climate service providers and users in dealing with multi-model evidence.

In line with the prototype activities in WP5.2, this project should (a) identify the challenges from both a provider- and user-centric view of having access to multiple models for climate predictions on seasonal timescales and climate projections on multi-decadal timescales; (b) develop methodologies and guidance in understanding multi-model forecasts on both seasonal timescales and on climate change timescales.

Outputs should be easily accessible and appropriate for both the providers and users of climate information, but may take a range of forms, including but not limited to training materials, games, video, a website. This activity should also include evaluation of the outputs, to assess how useful this work has been in supporting providers and users of climate information.

CHN4 Translational Services – Bridging the Provider-User Gap

The aim of this project is to draw together the outputs and knowledge from across the CSSP China work packages, and provide an engaging experience, or multiple experiences, for end-users or intermediary users to come into contact with the breadth of scientific research and grow an understanding of the relevance of this science for society in priority sectors.

The outputs could be any media, e.g. interactive workshop, demonstrations, online webpages, an app, video content etc. but must include some elements of face-to-face user engagement.

It is expected that the outputs will be delivered at more than one event or venue in China and the project team will need to work closely with the Met Office, CMA and IAP. In particular the project team will need to be guided by CMA with regard to existing and potential climate service user relationships which may benefit from this project.

The project must also include some method of assessing engagement with the information presented, in order to demonstrate success.

Background on the Newton Fund and 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 Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme (WCSSP Programme). 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’. CSSP China is a project in the WCSSP Programme.

For more information see the programme website 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 the Met Office 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 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

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