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Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) SPF – Project S4

7 May 2020

STFC invites proposals relating to the improvement of forecasting techniques for solar wind propagation from the Sun to the Earth.  This topic forms part of the  UKRI Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) project which is funded as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF).  

SWIMMR is managed jointly by STFC and NERC.  The SWIMMR programme has been allocated a budget of ~£20M.  The UK Met Office will be the end user of models and instruments developed in SWIMMR.

The maximum amount of STFC funding available for this call is £450,000.  UKRI’s funding contribution for proposed projects will be at 80% of FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC).  Indexation at the prevailing rate will be applied at the time of award.  Projects will start on 1st October 2020 (at the latest) and end by 31st March 2023. 


Individual and organisational eligibility is detailed in on the UKRI eligibility web pages

UKRI research and fellowship grants for all schemes may be held at approved UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), approved Research Council Institutes (RCIs) and approved Independent Research Organisations (IROs). Full details of approved RCIs and IROs can be found on the UKRI website

Public Sector Research Establishments (PSREs) with 10 or more researchers with PhDs (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. If PSREs wishing to apply have not previously applied for UKRI funding and are not currently designated IRO status they will be required to complete an eligibility form, to ensure they have the required research capacity, systems and controls in place to manage the research and grant funding. PSRE applicants should contact STFC Programme Office at the earliest opportunity to discuss their interests in applying. 

Application process

Full proposals must be submitted via the research council’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by 16.00 on 11 June 2020.

Full details of the call, including the application process, eligibility requirements, assessment process and criteria are provided in the S4 Announcement of opportunity. 

Call documents

Announcement of Opportunity: Space Weather Innovation, Modelling, Measurement and Risk (SWIMMR)


**Due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, if any potential applicants are interested in applying to this Call but impacted by the measures being put in place by UK government, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you**

Announcement published

May 2020

Deadline for initial discussion with the Met Office

29 May 2020

Deadline for submission of full proposals

11 June 2020

Peer review panel assessment

Mid-late July 2020

SWIMMR Programme board meetings

Mid July 2020

Latest date for award notification

31 August 2020

Latest start date for projects

1 October 2020

Project completion

31 March 2023


For any enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Garlick, Senior Programme Manager, STFC Programmes Directorate: Sarah.Garlick@stfc.ukri.org or
Ian McCrea, SWIMMR Senior Programme Manager, RAL Space:  Ian.McCrea@stfc.ac.uk    

Last updated: 07 May 2020


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