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Call for C-DICE Sandpit Mentors

Call for C-DICE Sandpit Mentors

C-DICE is looking for mentors willing to offer their support to the postdoctoral researchers who are participating in the first C-DICE ‘sandpit’ taking place in November 2021. The role of the mentors will be ‘light touch’ support teams of researchers as they develop their proposal for C-DICE ‘seed-corn’ (or pathway) funding. Mentors will ideally have an interest or expertise in Net Zero research or sustainability, will have experience of developing funding proposals and/or the funding process and who could act as a sounding board or ‘critical friend’ to teams of researchers.

Overview of C-DICE Sandpits

A C-DICE sandpit is a unique opportunity for teams of exclusively postdoctoral researchers to develop a collaborative research idea to win funding and develop the idea further. The funding is ‘seed-corn’ or ‘pathway’ funding, intended to develop a pathway towards future collaboration, funding, and or career opportunities. Awards of up to £30K are available. The sandpit themes are related to net zero for infrastructure, cities and energy.

C-DICE will be running a series of at least 8 developmental sandpits to create innovative approaches to net zero carbon research and innovation in the area of infrastructure, cities and energy, providing a unique developmental opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to gain multidisciplinary and cross-sector skills and expertise.

Time commitment

You will need to be available to meet with the project members during a two-week period, between Friday 19 November (the end of Sandpit 1) and Friday 3 December which is the submission deadline for the funding proposals. As this is a live process, the C-DICE team does not know if your services will definitely be needed. You may be needed for a maximum of three 30-minute online meetings during this process.

The C-DICE team we will endeavour to match you to the most appropriate project(s). 

If you would like to work with the postdoctoral researchers attending Sandpit 1 or would like to express an interest as a mentor on a later sandpit, please email us at

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