NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), are planning a major new investment as part of the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP).The new call will provide an opportunity for natural and social scientists, and arts and humanities researchers to form substantial interdisciplinary research collaborations which aim to increase our understanding of the role biodiversity and ecosystem processes play in human health and wellbeing.
The Economic and Social Research Council has launched a call with funding partners Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Environment Agency (EA) and Food Standards Agency (FSA) for a new research centre to address the challenges associated with evaluating complexity.
Urban Transformations aims to shape new thinking about how people and cities interact against a backdrop of evolving challenges including demographic and environmental change, financial vulnerability and growing inequalities.
The ESRC wish to support proposals for innovative and ambitious research that will advance understanding of, and offer solutions to, two challenges impacting cities and urban areas in the UK and internationally.
Proposals featuring co-design and co-production with non-academic stakeholders are encouraged as part of this call.
A consortium of funders has issued a third call for applications through the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. This third call is focussed specifically on tree diseases caused by Phytophthora and diseases of oak trees.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 8th January 2015 and full details are available via the BBSRC website.
On behalf of the Valuing Nature programme funders, NERC are inviting applications from early-career researchers who wish to develop their understanding of the challenges identified in Goal 1 by developing their research expertise in a different discipline.
The Valuing Nature programme is a five year interdisciplinary NERC-led research programme in collaboration with ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC and Defra.
NERC wishes to build on its previous investment in PURE (Probability, Uncertainty & Risk in the Environment) Associates with up to £450k funding to support new projects.
It is anticipated that proposals will build on the outcomes of the PURE Associates projects or be based on new opportunities which have arisen as a result of the collaboration.
NERC have two new funds - deadline for both is 6 June 2014.
1. The Follow-on Fund is a 'proof of concept' fund to support the commercialisation of ideas from research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
The maximum amount that can be bid for is £125k (£100k NERC contribution). NERC's intention is that projects will run for 12 months or more.
For more information see http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/schemes/followon/
Natural Resources Wales wishes to let a contract evaluating options for assessing the socio-economic benefits derived from Marine Protected Areas in Welsh waters.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have come together under the Global Food Security programme, to jointly fund four to six research grants relating to understanding the challenges of the food system.