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Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro)

January 21, 2014

Announcement of Opportunity: Consortium Grants 2014

Closing date: Monday 3 March 2014 16:00 UK local time (GMT/UTC)

Outline proposals are invited for a new funding round as part of the Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa research programme funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC.


This £12m programme is an international programme funding interdisciplinary research, generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor.

This call is for outline Consortium Grant proposals which will provide an opportunity for the world's best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary social and natural science research addressing the programme's aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to further develop interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.


Proposals are invited for funding of up to £1·9m (FEC). This call has a total available budget of up to £7·6m. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of four years.


Further information is available at:


or contact Nicola Lewis, NERC Tel: 01793 411739