To: Tim Osborn <firstname.lastname@example.org>,Clare Goodess <C.Goodess@uea.ac.uk>, Phil Jones <email@example.com>,"Douglas Maraun" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Janice Darch" <J.Darch@uea.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: potential DfID funding for climate centre
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:33:01 +0100
have not been approached - but I think it really
does sound like the sort of initiative CRU/ENV are looking for.
I get the feeling this is the sort of potential
contact ENV would wish to take over.
At 11:31 13/10/2008, Tim Osborn wrote:
>Hi CRU Board,
>I just had an interesting chat with Jack Newnham
>from the International Development Team at Price
>Waterhouse Cooper. They get lots of DfID
>(Douglas: DfID is the UK Government Department
>for International Development) funding.
>They've heard that DfID are likely to call for
>expressions of interest for a new centre
>focussing on international climate
>change. Their idea is to fund a centre that
>would be the first point of call for advice and
>for commissioning research related to climate
>change and development or to climate change in countries where DfID operate.
>He was talking about �15 million per year for 5
>years! Not sure how much would be from DfID and
>how much raised from other donors (and hence
>uncertain), nor how much would be given up-front
>versus how much spent later on specific research
>projects organised via this centre.
>Nevertheless, sounds big enough to be worth getting involved in.
>He was clearly just testing the water with us,
>so not sure that they definitely wish to involve
>us. He may want to meet to talk through things,
>if they decide to ask us to join their
>proposal. He said he'd email me later -- I'll
>forward this when it arrives. They're also
>contacting the Tyndall Centre, and no doubt a number of other institutes.
>Has anyone else in CRU been approached?
>Presumably, if this call for tenders is actually
>issued, this is likely to interest Tyndall
>greatly. But CRU can offer a significant
>contribution -- especially data and scenarios
>developed for specific (developing) countries --
>and this should be seen as independent from
>Tyndall rather than part of Tyndall
>contribution. There's also Declan/DEV, so UEA as a whole has much to offer.
>Any thoughts on this?
>Dr Timothy J Osborn, Academic Fellow
>Climatic Research Unit
>School of Environmental Sciences
>University of East Anglia
>Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
>phone: +44 1603 592089
>fax: +44 1603 507784
Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.