2022 NEOF Pilot Proteomics Competition

The NERC Environmental Omics Facility provides access to omics capabilities (Genomics, Metabolomics and Proteomics) to the UK environmental research community.

Important Dates

    • Consultation: 20/06 to 11/07/22
    • Submission deadline: 01/08/22
    • Decision notification: 30/10/22
    • Samples submission: 15/12/22

To help scientists working within the NERC remit to take advantage of these opportunities, NERC is providing funding for small pilot/development projects that wish to access the latest proteomics technologies. Applicants should consult the web pages of the Centre for Proteomics Research (which hosts the proteomics capability of NEOF) for a fuller description of the capabilities and technologies available.  We also direct you to our case studies which highlight the NERC-related work that we are undertaking within NEOF. Enquiries and project discussion should be made through NEOF enquiries page.

Pilot/development projects should be directed at generating preliminary data or proof of concept in advance of full research grant proposals, particularly when it is necessary to demonstrate the applicability or the technical feasibility of new techniques or approaches to NERC-relevant research problems.

Examples could include proposals wishing to demonstrate, within a NERC context, use of high-throughput global protein identification from environmental samples, label free quantification for comparison of protein expression in samples collected exposed to different environments, and post translational modification identification of specific proteins or at a global levels. Proposals can also include a request for support with bioinformatic analysis or software development, or bespoke genome sequencing of uncharacterised organisms.

Applicants should note the following:

  • Samples suitable for analysis (i.e. meeting minimum quality and quantity requirements) must be delivered to NEOF by Thursday 15th December 2022; failure to deliver suitable samples to the NEOF by the submission deadline will result in funding being withdrawn.
  • Only one project per applicant will be considered.
  • Applicants should discuss with the Centre for Proteome Research the requirements for sample preparation prior to collection which will be done by experienced staff in-house.
  • The PI must be eligible to receive a NERC grant. For more information, consult http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/application/eligibility/.

In writing their proposal, applicants should make clear the relevance of the work to NERC’s strategic remit, and the way in which the project will lead to further work and/or proposals for full funding. Proposals for projects associated with PhD students (who do not themselves have to be NERC-funded) will be considered. In such cases, the application should show how the proposed work integrates within the timeframe of the doctoral project. 

Following generation of the proteomics data (involving data capture and processing), applicants will work with the CPR to generate the most appropriate bioinformatics pipeline.  In addition, all proposals should include a clear plan for the storage of data and for the biochemical interpretation of the resulting data.

Applications will be graded by the NEOF Steering Committee, following the usual NERC procedures, but with special reference to: 

  • scientific excellence
  • The likely importance of the pilot data to a full grant proposal
  • the technical novelty of the proposed methodology

Each successful project will include access to staff, equipment and consumables costs, to a total value of up to £9,000.

Potential applicants

Potential applicants must send NEOF an Enquiry to discuss their specific requirements between Monday 20 June and Monday 11 July 2022.


Applications should be made via the Access form. The closing date for this call is 5.00 p.m. on Monday 1 August 2022.

Only applications where initial contact has taken place before Monday 11 July and a formal quotation has been obtained before the closing date will be considered.


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