CSSP Brazil research opportunities
Expressions of Interest invited for CSSP Brazil
Call Reference: Met Office tendering on behalf of BEIS.
The Met Office anticipates holding a call for research proposals in January 2019. In preparation for the call, the Met Office is inviting expressions of interest from UK researchers.
To register your interest, see notes at the end of this page. Registering interest requires no proposal detail at this stage and carries no obligation to bid.
Please note that this Expression of Interest is open to UK researchers only.
Grant Funds for the period April 2019 – March 2021
Expressions of Interest for the following Call:
Developing impacts modelling capability and understanding - Ecosystem responses to extremes.
Amount (over 2 years)
Estimated Publish of Call: (Start of bidding period).
Late January 2019 - 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
|Estimated Bidding Period:||6 Weeks|
|Estimated Award of Call:||May 2019|
|Estimated Delivery Period:||
Year 1: Aug 2019 – March 2020Year 2: April 2020 – March 2021
How to Apply:
The above Expression of Interest 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 DN373771
With a majority of climate models projecting a reduction in rainfall in the Amazon due to anthropogenic climate change, it is important to understand ecosystem responses to drought and further improve modelling capability for attribution and/or prediction of such responses. This needs to be underpinned by site-level observational data. We invite proposals for observational campaigns in a semi-controlled natural environment in the Amazon, focussing on drought response. The resulting observational datasets will be used in ongoing JULES evaluation and development work on the representation of drought stress in land-surface models in other parts of the project. This work will be required to be in collaboration with Brazilian scientists and the afore-mentioned evaluation/development work.
Call Reference: DN373701
Please note that these calls are open to UK researchers only.
Grant Funds for the period April 2019 – March 2021
Expressions of Interest for the following lots:
|Lot Number||Title||Amount (over 2 years)|
|BZL1||Analysis to inform South America’s carbon budget.||£250,000|
|BZL2||Evaluation of South American Ecosystem Processes.||£250,000|
|BZL3||Developing impacts modelling capability and understanding - Agricultural crop modelling and application.||£400,000|
|BZL4||Developing impacts modelling capability and understanding - Hydrological modelling.||£250,000|
|BZL5||Current extremes – attribution and unprecedented events.||£250,000|
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
|Estimated Bidding Period:||
Call closed 21 December 2018
|Estimated Award of Call:||February 2019|
|Estimated Delivery Period:||
Year 1: April 2019 – March 2020
Year 2: April 2020 – March 2021
BZL1: Analysis to inform South America’s carbon budget
This work will perform underpinning analysis to inform Brazil’s carbon budget and support the forthcoming RECCAP2 assessment of South American carbon budgets. The outcomes should include information to feed into national reporting and accounting through INPE and subsequent contribution to RECCAP2.
Research undertaken will include analysis of TRENDY runs, including JULES and INLAND as well as additional information from bookkeeping land-use emission model data, remote sensing and atmospheric inversion data.
It is expected that time will be spent working in Brazil at INPE as well as collaborating closely with UK based CSSP Brazil Partners.
BZL2: Evaluation of South American Ecosystem Processes
Ongoing evaluation is central to understanding land model performance as they are applied in climate services. This activity will seek to further develop and apply evaluation techniques to help improve models, with a focus on developing and using community tools to assess land surface processes and carbon balance in UK and Brazil models.
We invite proposals aiming to reconcile differences in South American biomass and productivity spatial relationships between stand data, remote sensing and models. This should draw on process understanding, edaphic data, forest site data and data-model fusion approaches. The models should include JULES and INLAND available through CSSP Brazil. The proposal should explicitly include terra-firma and flooded forest. It is expected, where possible, the research undertaken will include time working closely with INPA based scientists and engaging with the UK based CSSP Brazil Partners.
BZL3: Developing impacts modelling capability and understanding - Agricultural crop modelling and application
Having established key steps required to bring JULES-crop to the standard required for application to impacts studies, we will invite proposals to implement these improvements to enable JULES-crop to be used with climate projections to assess potential risks to crop productivity in Brazil and globally.
BZL4: Developing impacts modelling capability and understanding - Hydrological modelling.
Dams for hydroelectric power are an increasingly important human intervention in the river systems on Brazil. Including a representation of dams in JULES could help improve simulations of river flow, and also provide underpinning capability for assessing risks of climate variability and change to the hydroelectric sector. We will invite proposals to include a model of dams in JULES, improve riverflow simulations and prototype an operational scheme that could be used in a forecast mode (1-5 day and monthly-seasonal). It is expected that research undertaken should be done in partnership with CEMADEN and UK based CSSP Brazil partners, and should include time spent working at CEMADEN. Where possible, the proposal should take advantage of historical river flow and dam storage information to prototype initialisation of a model in hindcast mode.
BZL5: Current extremes – attribution and unprecedented events
Attribution of extremes and impacts. Work to date in CSSP Brazil on attribution of events has proved extremely successful and has engaged Brazil partner scientists. This area is proposed to be extended, by building on existing links and expertise and applying attribution methodologies to further extreme weather events and impacts in Brazil.
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 DN373701
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 website
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.
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 Brazil is a project in the WCSSP Programme.
- 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.
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