Dr Vicky Hards

Dr Vicky Hards

Science Grants Coordinator

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3336

E-mail Dr Vicky Hards


  •  2008 – ongoing : Science Grants Coordinator
  •  2006 –2008 : Director Montserrat Volcano Observatory
  •  2003 –2006 : Volcanologist; experience in Montserrat and Tristan da Cunha
  •  2000 –2003 : BGS Board Secretary, Central Directorate Support Group
  •  1995 –2000 : Mineralogist, BGS Mineralogy and Petrology Group
  •  1995 : PhD University of Durham, Geochemistry and Volcanology
  •  1992 : BSc University of Durham, Geology

Boards and committees

  • National representative to EuroGeoSurveys, the association of European Geosurvey organisations.

Current projects and collaboration

  • Coordinator, EarthScienceEurope (www.earthscienceeurope.org) and initiative aimed at giving Geoscience and Geoscientists a voice at European level.
  • European Plate Observing System (EPOS) Research Infrastructure implementation phase (Horizon 2020 funded). Part of the BGS team delivering the BGS component, lead for BGS on Communications activities


  • European project management and process
  • Supporting funding applications, including submission systems (JeS, eGap, EC)
  • UK and European Science Policy
  • Understanding of UK and EU research funding


  • I assist and support BGS scientists and IT specialists in identifying opportunities to secure funding from grants and to influence policy and the funding landscape. I focus most on Horizon 2020 in Europe, and primarily RCUK (especially NERC but including other funding councils EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, AHRC) and Innovate UK. I support the development of research consortia (or participate in them), proposal writing and assist with submission systems.

Published outputs