Scoping studies are small scale research projects, undertaken by network members and making use of STFC capabilities to find novel ways to address air quality challenges. Awards will be a maximum of £8,000 per project

Six scoping study awards were allocated at the Collaboration Building Workshop held in 2020 , and up to five further awards will be allocated in 2021. Workshops offer the opportunity to find new collaborative partners and to develop proposal ideas in a supported, facilitated process.

Our current Scoping Studies are:

Assessment criteria for SAQN call for proposals:

  1. Significance of the air quality challenge and potential for impact
  2. Appropriateness of the methodology/approach
  3. Quality of the STFC capabilities and their integration into the methodology
  4. Clear pathway to further development of the project (e.g. future external funding, industry involvement)
  5. Achievability of management plan

For example, the money could be used to de-risk and develop new ideas and start new collaborative projects using STFC capabilities, strengthening future funding proposals, including the SAQN Proof of Concept call.

Terms and Conditions

As we are funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) awards will be made subject to standard STFC terms and conditions and the following guidelines must be met:

  • The lead applicant on any application must meet RCUK standard eligibility criteria
  • The project team must be collaborative, consisting of at least three partners, one of whom is from STFC
  • The  lead organisation in any bid will be responsible for ensuring proper financial management of the grant and accountability for the use of public funds. The grant will be awarded to the lead organisation on the basis that if any funds are transferred to another UK or overseas organisation then the Research Organisation awarded the grant must undertake due diligence checks to ensure that the funding will be appropriately used.
  • The lead organisation must ensure that a written collaboration agreement is signed by all participants prior to the commencement of the Project. The collaboration agreement shall include provisions on intellectual property ownership and use and publication. It is expected that the usual arrangement for ownership of new intellectual property developed in the Project will be for the creating party to own the new intellectual property. 
  • These grants are awarded under the RCUK ‘exceptions’ heading so are funded at 100% and paid in arrears
  • Funds should be allocated as Directly Incurred, and not as Directly Allocated (ie funds may not be used to fund academic salaries).
  • We will require a final report to be submitted at dates specified within the offer letters to each successful applicant. Reporting requirements include a lay summary of the project to be published on our website and details of any impacts to be reported on Researchfish. We may also require attendance and updates at specific events during the funding period
  • To ensure impact, all project findings must be made freely available for academic research and publications should be written up in pertinent high-impact peer reviewed journals and presented at associated conferences. The presentations should be made by the relevant PhDs and PDRAs where feasible.
  • Any data generated through the project should be archived where possible to make available for secondary analysis. SAQN Co-Investigators can advise on futureproofed storage.
  • Where publications arise from the studies we expect that these will be open access (green or gold) and that the reduced datasets will be made public with the publication, attached to the publication and included as a file attached to the green or gold open access repository.
  • Projects must be completed to a deadline agreed with the SAQN