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SCAR XXXIV WP42: The SCAR Development Council
XXXIV SCAR Delegates Meeting
29 - 30 August 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SCAR XXXIV WP42: The SCAR Development Council

Working Paper: 42
Agenda Item: 13.7
Posted/Revised: 13 Jul 2016

Presentation: pdf Agenda Item 13.7 (178 KB)

Executive Summary:

Authors: Pete Convey and Jenny Baeseman

Important Issues or Factors:

The main activity of the Development Council (DC) in the past year has been to try to encourage engagement by existing SCAR Delegates, programmes and groups in the search for resources to enhance SCAR's activities. Known opportunities are now advertised more widely through the SCAR webpages and contact lists.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:

Delegates and SCAR group leaders are asked to actively engage with the search for opportunities within their own countries and wider scientific networks to enhance the funding that can be used to support SCAR scientific activities. The DC can then provide advice and support in the coordination of group responses to such opportunities found, but cannot be seen as a ‘proposal writing group’ in itself. We ask that the DC is given the ability write letters of support for grants, in consultation with the Executive Director.

Budget Implications:

We request (a) agreement of an ongoing funding stream to support one annual meeting of the now smaller executive group of the DC ($5K; likely in a European location, ideally Cambridge), (b) allocation of a small sum ($500) to support creation and maintenance of an accessible database of potential support sources (e.g. using a short-term ‘intern’ appointment within the SCAR Office, and (c) acknowledgement from the Delegates of the desirability of being able to draw more flexibly on SCAR funds should a rapid response need for e.g. a ‘writing group’ be identified in relation to a specific large funding opportunity.