FCFA — Global Climate Model Development for Africa 2014 Program
URL: www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/fcfa/news/ao-global/ao.pdf Funding Limit: $3,000,000 MAXIMUM Duration: 4 YEAR(s) The focus of this project will be on evaluating and developing the representation of processes affecting pan-African climate on timescales for adaptation (medium-term or 5 to 40 years) in general circulation models (GCM). This will include improving the understanding and representation of drivers, processes and feedbacks responsible for the greatest uncertainty in model representations of African climate. The intention is to deliver a step-change in the performance of GCMs for Africa and to make a long-term contribution to model development with an African lens. This will improve projections of future changes in rainfall and extreme weather for Africa, increasing availability of high quality, robust climate information across the continent. FCFA?s research should contribute knowledge and evidence to enhance the resilience of African people to climate variability and change and through this help to improve the lives of poor people in Africa. The geographical focus of research for the Global Project is Sub-Saharan Africa, recognising that this may involve study of a broader geographical scope (for example in the case of teleconnections). The programme specifically targets improvements in climate science and prediction to better inform medium-term (around 5 to 40 year) adaptation decisions, such as infrastructure investments, national planning and poverty reduction strategies. Research priorities must be justified on this basis. ELIGIBILITY FCFA projects are expected to have a clear and significant role for African researchers and/or institutions. This should represent meaningful engagement which supports capacity development for all partners. It is not essential for any project teams to include researchers or research institutions based in the United Kingdom or any other developed countries. There are no other restrictions on where researchers are located or their nationality. Similarly, there are no geographic restrictions on where research institutions are based, as long as they meet the administrative eligibility requirements for funding.