Funding Opportunities

The Strategic Priorities Fund programme

Open call for competition to cover the following call:

‘CR20-5 Scoping of the requirements for climate information to inform UK decision making’

Amount: £60,000

fEC @100% = £60,000

fEC @80% = £48,000

Key Dates

Estimated publish of call: w/c 19th October 2020

Estimated bidding period: 8 weeks

Estimated award of call: 26th January 2021

Estimated delivery period: 1st March 2021 – 30th November 2021

Background to the Climate Resilience Programme:

How do we make our cities and regions resilient to climate change? What are the opportunities to manage adaptation to deliver improvements to society and economic growth? These are broad and urgent questions for decision makers from national to local scales, in Government, business and society. They present huge challenges because the knowledge and information required to support robust decisions is largely unavailable. There are two major knowledge gaps:

  1. The robust characterisation and quantification of climate-related risks in decision-relevant terms.
  2. The development of effective adaptation strategies that deliver resilience, improve lives, and promote economic growth.

The need and urgency for building resilience: It is widely recognised that the impacts of extreme weather and climate change permeate throughout society affecting both lives and livelihoods. UK flooding events in 2007 affected 55,000 homes, killed 13 people and cost the UK economy £3.2 billion. Global impacts of extreme weather events also affect the UK, for example international food production. The situation can be exacerbated when events are compounded, for example the co- occurrence of hot and dry summers. As the climate warms, extreme events and the ensuing costs to society will increase. As noted by Lord Krebs, former Chair, Adaptation sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change, the UK has a ‘fragmented multidisciplinary research community’ who have failed to work across disciplines, and sectors, to confront the risks we face from climate change.

Exploiting the opportunities arising from adaptation and green growth: There is an opportunity during the transition to a low carbon future to exploit the co-benefits of climate resilient development. Alongside increasing climate resilience, we can design better environments that promote improved quality of life and that facilitate new economic opportunities. A particular opportunity is to stimulate the development of a new generation of ‘Climate Services’ that will exploit novel understandings including behavioural insights at all levels to inform policy and regulations, technology innovations and engineering solutions needed to build resilient futures across the UK and internationally.

In wave 1 the UK Climate Resilience investment will nurture a new multi-disciplinary community, develop a novel risk quantification framework, and stimulate coordinated research to develop and assess adaptation options. This research will underpin the co-production of pilot climate services. In wave 2, further UK Climate Resilience investment would then enable the delivery of operational climate services in strategic sectors.

The objectives of this investment are:

1)    The robust characterisation, quantification and communication of climate-related risks.

Climate risk is an integration of weather and climate hazards (e.g. heavy rainfall event), the impacts of these hazards across the natural and human environment (e.g. flooding), vulnerability (e.g. inadequate flood defences) and exposure (e.g. assets built on a flood plain). The aim is to develop robust approaches, including the software tools, needed to quantify current and future risk in decision relevant metrics. This involves fundamental research challenges including: end to end understanding of key processes and uncertainties; understanding behavioural responses at individual, community, regional and (inter)governmental levels to climate risk; providing climate information at relevant spatial scales; different risk communications routes; improving the skill and reliability of near-term climate forecasts; combining hazard-vulnerability-exposure information into risk metrics; and perception of risk by decision makers.

2)    Develop risk-informed resilience and optimise the opportunities from a transition to a low carbon future

Building a low carbon future presents opportunities to both increase national resilience and provide co-benefits including improvements to wellbeing and economic opportunities. The fundamental research needed includes: design of decision frameworks to balance between protection, co- benefits and costs; development of new adaptation approaches; behavioural changes; and monitoring of the effectiveness of adaptation.

3)    Co-produce pilot end-to-end climate services

Climate services are at an early stage of development and new research will: develop novel co- production processes; develop industry quality standards; and investigate governance approaches and design improved monitoring.

Summary of Requirement:
The aim of this project is to hold a community consultation involving both users of climate information and modelling experts to scope the need for such a global model endeavour (including potentially a regional downscaling component) to support risk assessment in the UK, and, if it is needed, to consider a potential optimum set up for a new global model ensemble. In particular the process should consider limitations of current approaches and the potential for alternatives. This consultation should involve the holding of a workshop or workshops to discuss options and come to a consensus as to the way forward. The consultation should consider not just the needs of so-called ‘super-users’ of climate information but should consider the needs of the less well-versed user community also. The outputs of the consultation should form the basis of a position paper on the potential way forward.

The Met Office will work closely with the contractor of this work to ensure the widest community buy-in possible. Additionally, this project will involve significant input from the SPF UKCR steering committee and the programme champions. The approach should also draw on, but not be limited to, the lessons learned from production of the recent Copernicus roadmap for European climate projections applicable here.

The following criteria must be met by UK organisations submitting a bid against Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) funded Calls to be eligible to apply or be awarded funds against this Call:
–    Must be a UK operating and registered organisation.
–    Consortium bids are eligible; a lead partner must be nominated for payment and agreement purposes and all parties must be UK operating and registered organisations. Details of all consortium members must be provided.
–    Funding can only be used to fund new activity for the costs incurred.
–    The activity must last the full duration of the Grant Award Term specified
–    There must be a willingness to work with Authority and other organisations and individuals associated with the SPF Programme.

How to Apply:

The above open call is advertised on the Met Office ProContract e-Tendering portal called ProContract. To access and register you will need to log onto the ProContract portal via this link:

You may need to search for the Call reference DN502982

You will need to register your company (if you have not already done so) and register your interest against the opportunity before you are able to access the tender documents.

If you require guidance or ‘how to’ instructions – see the supplier manuals on the right-hand side of the supplier home page.

Online Discussions between Bidders and the Met Office:
There is a Discussions function on ProContract which shall be used to provide all further information regarding this opportunity including any changes to time scales, scope or clarifications. This function must be used by bidders to submit all clarification questions.

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