Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum 55

Supplementary submission from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

  Table 1 shows funding data for all of NERC's highly graded (ie a4/a5) standard grant research proposals and for marine science (MS) standard grant research proposals. In 2006-07, NERC's expenditure on responsive grants was £32 million of which 74% was on standard grants.[75]

  The data exclude the Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI) and consortium grants.

Table 1

FUNDING DATA FOR ALPHA4/ALPHA 5 RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS


Year
Total number of funded
a
4/a5 graded research proposals
Total number of funded
a4/a5 graded MS research proposals
Total number of unfunded a4 graded research proposals
Percentage of unfunded a4 graded research proposals
Total number of unfunded a4 graded
MS research proposals
Percentage of unfunded a4 graded MS research proposals

2001
105
18
70
40
16
47
2002
  53
  9
24
31
  9
50
2003
122
25
44
27
  9
26
2004
112
10
63
36
13
57
2005
103
19
76
42
18
49
2006
102
19
25
20
  7
27

September 2007






75   NERC expenditure also included 5% on small grants and 3% on new investigator grants-for which NERC seeks to fund, where possible, all <fy4>a<fy1>4/<fy4>a<fy1>5 graded research proposals. Back


 
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