The documents below describe the support leading to the funding of the Changing Arctic Ocean Programme and the Announcements of Opportunity that outline the two separate funding calls for scientific proposals.
“Adapting to Change: UK policy towards the Arctic”, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (17 October 2013)
Prepared by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this document outlines the Policy framework on how the UK will work with all Arctic States and the wider international community to ensure a sustainable future for the Arctic. The document describes the rapid changes happening in the Arctic in response to climate change, and the potential impacts these may have on the UK, including the UK climate and industries such as fisheries and tourism. International commercial and industrial interests in the Arctic are also mentioned, and how these could be affected (both positively and negatively) as changes in the Arctic gain pace.
“Responding to a changing Arctic”, Select Committee House of Lords Report (27 February 2015)
This Select Committee House of Lords Report scrutinises in more detail the changes in the Arctic and how they may impact the UK. On this basis, the report makes recommendations about measures to strengthen engagement and support of the UK contribution in Arctic affairs. Importantly, the report also underlines the importance of the contribution made by UK scientists and researchers to global understanding of the changing Arctic. It places emphasis on how the scientific route could be more effectively utilised to support UK engagement with Arctic states, and recommends a “substantial and better co-ordinated long-term programme of Arctic research.”
First Announcement of Opportunity (26 October 2015)
The first announcement of opportunity for the Changing Arctic Ocean Programme was made on 26 October 2015. This first round of funding was a two-stage process, with an invitation for researchers to prepare and submit an outline proposal by 8 December 2015, followed by submission of the full proposal by 17 March 2016 after successful evaluation of the outline proposal by a panel of international experts. The panel was chaired by Professor David Thomas, Bangor University, who also leads the Programme Advisory Group. This round resulted in four projects being funded at ~£2.1 to £2.5 million each, with the projects starting in February 2017.
Please follow these links for more information on:
- The CAO Programme
- Changes in the Arctic Ocean
- The research challenges in the CAO Programme
- Details of the funded projects
- The roles and tasks of the Programme Advisory Group
Second Announcement of Opportunity (16 May 2017)
A second round of funding for the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme was announced on 16 May 2017, with a deadline of 14 September 2017 for receipt of proposals. The projects in this round are jointly funded by NERC and the German funding agency Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (the Ministry for Education and Research). It is expected that this announcement will lead to the funding of up to 10 proposals to join the CAO Programme in spring 2018.
To guide the preparation of proposals for the second announcement of opportunity, each of the four projects funded in the first round prepared two-page summaries of their main objectives. The projects in the second round will find synergies with and fill knowledge gaps between these first round projects.
The two page summaries can be viewed using the links below:
The United Kingdom and Arctic Science
A brief overview of the areas of active Arctic Science carried out by researchers in the UK.