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Early Career Researchers Development Fund (ECRDF)

In order to further the careers of early career researchers within the GeoEnergy Research Centre we have established a fund to facilitate their development over and above what is encompassed within their day-to-day work programmes. This is a five year funding programme with a call for applications once every quarter year.

The 2017 call deadlines are:

  • Q1 – Friday 3rd February 2017 - Closed
  • Q2 – Friday 28th April 2017 - Closed
  • Q3 – Friday 4th August 2017
  • Q4 – Friday 27th October 2017


Available Funding:

The scope of funding available is very wide, and we will consider all well-justified applications that fall within one (or more) of the 12 GERC combined capability areas. Cost sharing through jointly-funded opportunities are encouraged.

Funding is available for the following activities:

  • Fees for specialised training courses – Maximum of £2,000 available
  • Accessing specialised facilities not available locally – Maximum of £1,000 available
  • Secondments to new or existing industrial partners – Maximum of £2,500 available
  • Presentations or posters at major conferences – Maximum of £600 available
  • Collaboration with world-leading research groups – Maximum of £2,500 available

Download the GERC ECRDF information sheet for more information (PDF)

If an employee of the University of Nottingham additional funding can be secured from the UoN Graduate School


To be eligible to apply for the fund, the applicant must be a researcher within the GERC. This applies across the British Geological Survey, but for the University of Nottingham this includes only: the Faculty of Engineering, and the Schools of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematical Sciences, and other GERC affiliated researchers. They must also be at Research Band 5 or below (university grading scheme), or at ‘Band 5 or below (NERC grading scheme). They must also fulfil at least one of the following: be within 10 years (FTE) of being awarded their first degree or be within 7 years (FTE) of completing their PhD. Allowance will be made for those working part-time, or having been on maternity leave or a career break.

Application Process:

To apply for the ECRDF please download and complete the ECRDF application form

Fully completed application forms must be submitted electronically to GERC Centre Administrator Miss Lindsay Holowka Email


Check out our successful ECRDF applicants in 2016

In 2016 we awarded funding to five applicants.

Presentations at major conferences:

  1. Dr Alicja Lacinska, Mineralogist at the British Geological Survey, to present at the European Mineralogical Conference in Italy, September 2016. Dr Lacinska presented on ‘Acid-dissolution of antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite for ex situ carbon capture and storage by mineralisation (CCSM)’. Read Alicja's blog on the GERC Diary
  2. Dr Donald Brown, Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics at GERC, to present at the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics in Paris, July 2017. This conference is held once every four years and brings together world leaders on topics of porous solid mechanics that contain one or more fluids. Dr Brown will present on new model reduction and multiscale finite element applications to geomechanics.
  3. Dr Katherine Daniels, Experimental Fluid Processes Scientist at the British Geological Survey, to present at the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference in North Carolina, April 2017. This conference is held once every two years and is attended by the majority of the world’s radioactive waste management research groups. Dr Daniels presented on measuring the permeability of rock samples from the Bruce Nuclear Site. Read Katherine's blog on the GERC Diary

Collaboration with world-leading research groups:

  1. Dr Chunyu Jin, Research Fellow in Fluid Dynamics with GERC, to collaborate with Dr Cheng Chen in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech in February 2017. Dr Jin was financially supported for a one week visit to Virginia Tech to perform numerical and experimental investigation of flow through ultra-low permeability shales with the aim to write a high-quality collaborative paper with Dr Chen

Secondments to new or existing industrial partners:

  1. Karl McAlinden, GERC affiliated PhD student, was supported on his two short secondment opportunities with the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D (IEAGHG) programme and IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC) in November 2016. Read Karl's blog on the GERC Diary


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