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.

Details of the two successful awards can be found in the NERC press release.

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:

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 120KB)

Je-S guidance for the NERC ESI programme call (PDF, 156KB)

Information days

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

ESIP information day presentation (PDF, 638KB)

Natural England presentation 1 (PDF, 2.3MB), Bristol information day

Natural England presentation 2 (PDF, 432KB), Bristol information day

ESIP frequently asked questions (PDF, 118KB)

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:

Lynne Porter
01793 411791

Perry Guess
01793 411546