FCFA — Regional Consortium Grants 2014 Program URL: www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/fcfa/news/ao-regional/ao.pdf Funding Limit: $4,000,000 MAXIMUM Duration: 4 YEAR(s) This call is for Regional Consortium Grant outline proposals, which will provide an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary natural and social science research addressing the three pillars of FCFA: world-leading scientific research to advance understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change over medium-term timescales (5 to 40 years); interdisciplinary research to support better integration of science into decision making; and pilot studies, co-produced with users, to demonstrate the use of climate information and tools in real decisions. Proposals are expected to cover all three research pillars of FCFA for a defined region of sub-Saharan Africa and are required to make the case for the geographic region to be addressed in terms of the opportunity to deliver world-leading science and the potential to make clear improvements in the quality and availability of climate information, adding value to existing science and initiatives. This is a global open call that welcomes international applicants, particularly those based in sub-Saharan Africa. 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. Each regional project should focus on a specific climatic region of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a requirement for funding that FCFA 2014 Regional Consortium Grants demonstrate how the results of proposed research will have pathways to impact that can improve the lives of poor people in low and lower middle-income countries, even if research covers one or more upper middle-income countries. The programme specifically targets medium-term (around 5 to 40 years) adaptation decisions, such as infrastructure investments, national planning and poverty reduction strategies. Research priorities must be justified on this basis.