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NERC is offering up to £800k for exemplar projects that demonstrate excellence in engaged environmental science research (with bursary to develop equitable public partnerships). They are looking to fund three exemplar projects that demonstrate excellence in engaged environmental science research.

Engaged environmental science: public engagement with environmental science research to move from environmental diagnosis to environmental cure

NERC are offering funding to support engaged research. They welcome:

  • environmental science research responding to both scientific and public needs
  • equitable partnerships with charities and other intermediaries (with bursary of up to £50,000 to involve partners and co-produce proposals)
  • leaders in engaged research

Engaged research is conducted with, by and for members of the public and public intermediaries, over any or all stages of a research process, from co-creating research objectives and plans; to collaborating on research delivery to sharing outcomes of research.

Projects will:

  • plan, deliver and evaluate engaged environmental science research and innovation that delivers both high quality environmental scientific research outputs and outcomes and high-quality public engagement, to address a significant environmental science question
  • create or develop relevant, sustainable, and equitable research partnerships and research strategies between members of the public or public intermediaries and research and researchers
  • foster engaged research leadership in the environmental science community and civil society. Research Leadership Team members will champion and raise the profile of engaged research methodologies as part of a scientific team’s toolkit for delivering impactful, quality research and build the profile and capacity to engage relevant members of the public and public intermediaries

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for NERC funding.

The maximum cost of your project can be up to £800,000. NERC will fund 80% of the full economic cost, with exceptions.

This is the outline application stage of the funding opportunity.

Deadline for applications is 4pm on 20 September.

Full details and apply