ARIA: Scoping Our Planet – opportunity seeds

Key Features

ARIA provide funding from £10k – £500k per project, inclusive of VAT (where applicable) and all associated costs (both direct and indirect).

Programme:     ARIA

Award:     £10k – £500k per project

Opens: 23rd May 2024

Closes: 18th Jun 2024

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Overview

ARIA (Advanced Research and Innovation Agency) is an R&D funding agency, sponsored by DSIT (the UK government’s Department of Science, Innovation and Technology), built to unlock scientific and technological breakthroughs that benefit everyone. Many of society’s most important advances have stemmed from those with the foresight to pursue new capabilities that most believed to be unattainable. ARIA empowers scientists and engineers with the resources and freedom to pursue those breakthroughs.

Opportunity seeds support ambitious research aligned to our opportunity spaces. ARIA are looking to challenge assumptions, open up new research paths, and provide steps towards new capabilities. They will fund high potential proposals with up to £500k each.

Scope

ARIA want to find bold ideas within the ‘Scoping Our Planet‘ opportunity space, where Programme Directors Gemma Bale and Sarah Bohndiek are asking how we can fill the gaps in Earth system measurement to respond confidently to the climate crisis, using earth observation technologies, optics, and photonics.

ARIA are looking to fund high potential proposals with up to £500k
each. They initially expect to fund up to 10 opportunity seeds in this space.

They’re looking for bold ideas that could challenge assumptions, open up new research paths, or provide steps towards new capabilities. If you have an important idea you’re obsessed with, but you don’t currently have the resources or support to take it forward, they’d like to hear from you.

About “Scoping Our Planet”

Current Earth system measurements have serious gaps that lead to uncertainties in weather forecasting and climate predictions. By harnessing the power of optics we can fill these gaps, equipping society to respond confidently to the climate crisis.

Current climate measurements fail to provide the coverage, resolution or sensitivity necessary to confidently understand and respond to the climate crisis: we need disruptive technologies to parameterise the entire Earth system.

Monitoring and modelling are crucial for effective climate management, but both are limited by measurement gaps: without better measurements we won’t succeed in climate change mitigation, adaptation, or intervention.

We have entered a new era of optics and photonics, with unprecedented control of light and its interactions with the environment, from molecular to global scales: new inventions from the optics community are poised to fill the climate measurement gaps.

Eligibility

Ideas could come from anywhere, ARIA welcome applications from individuals and teams who are early in their career or who have atypical backgrounds.

Eligible projects

You can find the scope below and our evaluation criteria in our call for proposals

In scope:

  • Ideas that sit within the ‘Scoping Our Planet’ opportunity space. By this, they mean your proposal should show how your idea either aligns with or challenges the assumptions of the Summary, Beliefs, or Observations in the opportunity space.
  • Ideas that could change the conversation about what is possible or valuable.
  • Ideas that range from early stage curiosity-driven research through to pre-commercial science and technology.

Out of scope:

  • Ideas that are within scope of the programme thesis, ‘Forecasting Tipping Points: Uniting climate measurements and models to create an early warning system’.
  • Ideas that are undifferentiated or are likely to happen without ARIA’s support.
  • Commercial or close-to-commercial stage products.

Funding Costs

ARIA provide funding from £10k – £500k per project, inclusive of VAT (where applicable) and all associated costs (both direct and indirect). There is no minimum length for a proposed project; the maximum length is three years.

Interested in applying for this competition?

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