Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) – Project S5

March 19, 2021, from Steve Brygan

Further to the Call announcement below, we would like to draw your attention to an amended Compliancy Table in Section 8.3 of the Announcement of Opportunity; applicants must use this version when preparing their proposals.

STFC would like to invite proposals for the development and demonstration of a prototype network of compact instruments for ground-level neutron monitoring, ideally suitable for unattended operation in relatively remote locations, to mitigate the potential radiation hazards of space weather. 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).

There are two phases to the project: the design phase and implementation phase.
Applicants must firstly submit a proposal for a design study. Upon the successful completion of the design phase, and subject to funding, the team will be invited to apply for funding for the implementation phase of the project.

Funding is split across the two phases as follows:
1. Design Study – a maximum value of £140,000 (this is the Research Council 80% contribution), for a duration of up to 12 months.
2. Implementation phase – it is expected that the maximum value of the implementation phase may be £1,260,000 (this is the Research Council 80% contribution) over a maximum of 24 months following successful completion of the design phase, but this budget is yet to be confirmed. The implementation phase must be completed by 31st March 2024 at the latest.

Full proposals must be submitted via the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system by 16:00 on Tuesday 13th April 2021. If any intending applicants are unable to meet this deadline due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, they should contact STFC as soon as possible (see below).

Full details of the call, including the application process, eligibility requirements, assessment process and criteria are available on the UKRI website at the link provided below.

Please note that this Call is for Project S5 only.

For any enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Garlick, Senior Programme Manager, STFC Programmes Directorate: or
Ian McCrea, SWIMMR Senior Programme Manager, RAL Space: