Environmental Science Impact Programme - Announcement of opportunity
Closing date and time for outline proposals: 16:00 on 3 March 2016
Update September 2016: Seven of the outline proposals have been invited to submit full proposals. The awards will be announced in October 2016.
Awards totalling £2·5-£5m are available to research organisations over five years to boost impact from NERC environmental science.
The Environmental Science Impact Programme (ESIP) is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science.
NERC invites research organisations with a strong and substantial portfolio of NERC funded research to apply through ESIP calls for a five year programme of activity with an overall value of between £2·5-£5m.
The ESIP will fund a limited number of highly ambitious programmes that will achieve transformative impact from NERC environmental science research by:
Bringing considerable NERC investment in excellent research within the participating research organisation(s) together with strengths in businesses, policy bodies and other stakeholders particular to their location(s).
Conducting a coherent programme of high impact, focused, co-designed and co-delivered research translation and innovation activities.
Leveraging benefits and contributions from other sources of funds relevant to the ambition of the proposal.
Creating durable collaborations between the academic and non-academic participants.
Transformative impact will be achieved through the translation of NERC science into actions or policies that improve performance, resilience and sustainability, and support growth. The geographical reach of this impact may range from regional to global, and can include societal and economic benefits, but there must be realisable economic gains to the region.
NERC will take an active interest in funded programmes throughout their duration.
Further information on this call is in the document below:
Three information days were held.
- 20 January 2016 - Bristol
- 21 January 2016 - Leeds
- 5 February 2016 - Peterborough
Defra air quality presentation (PDF, 565KB), Leeds information day
Defra climate change presentation (PDF, 296KB), Bristol information day
Defra & Marine Management Organisation (MMO) presentation (PDF, 593KB), Leeds information day
Natural England presentation 1 (PDF, 2.3MB), Bristol information day
Natural England presentation 2 (PDF, 432KB), Bristol information day
The Satellite Applications Catapult presentation (PDF, 1.9MB), Peterborough information day
Defra's 25 year plan presentation (PDF, 210KB), Peterborough information day
Natural England: Evidence needs presentation (PDF, 1.1MB), Peterborough information day
Information day attendees
Attendees (PDF, 83KB), Bristol information day
Attendees (PDF, 82KB), Leeds information day
Attendees (PDF, 86KB), Peterborough information day
For further information on ESIP, please contact: