Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) SPF – Project S4

May 14, 2020, from Natasha Jeffrey

STFC would like to invite proposals relating to the improvement of forecasting techniques for solar wind propagation from the Sun to the Earth. This topic forms part of the UKRI Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR; which is funded as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF).

SWIMMR is managed jointly by STFC and NERC. The SWIMMR programme has been allocated a budget of ~£20M. The UK Met Office will be the end user of models and instruments developed in SWIMMR.

The maximum amount of STFC funding available for this call is £450,000. UKRI’s funding contribution for proposed projects will be at 80% of FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC). Indexation at the prevailing rate will be applied at the time of award. Projects will start on 1st October 2020 (at the latest) and end by 31st March 2023.

Full proposals must be submitted via the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system ( by 16.00 on 11 June 2020. If any intending applicants are unable to meet this deadline due to the impact of the Coronavirus 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 provided in the S4 Announcement of opportunity on the STFC website.

Please note that this Call is for Project S4 only. The Calls for Projects S5 and S6 will go live later this year.

For any enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Garlick, Senior Programme Manager, STFC Programmes Directorate: or Ian McCrea, SWIMMR Senior Programme Manager, RAL Space: