Pre-announcement: SWIMMR SPF (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk)

April 1, 2020, from Astrolists

STFC will shortly begin inviting proposals in a series of funding Calls, as part of the UKRI Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) programme.

SWIMMR will develop and deploy new instruments, models and services to support the UK space weather community, the Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre and the end users of its products and services. This programme will significantly develop the UK’s capability to predict and mitigate the hazards of space weather, as well as providing a basis for wider international collaboration over the lifetime of the proposal and beyond.

Proposals which address the following projects are welcomed:

• S4: Forecasting from the Sun to L1 – to provide monitoring and forecasting assets for Sun to Earth solar wind propagation, developing an improved solution for this by optimising existing models or exploring the potential for more computationally lightweight solutions.
• S5: Support for development of a ground radiation monitoring network – to develop technical solutions for smaller and more affordable ground level instruments for radiation monitoring, with a view to establishing a prototype network.
• S6: Production of an updated space weather impact study – to review and update the Royal Academy of Engineering’s report on Extreme Space Weather (2013).

Further details will be provided in the Announcements of Opportunity which will follow in the coming months.

Please visit the STFC website for the full pre-announcement, including information regarding eligibility and closing dates: