Environmental Science Impact Programme - Announcement of Opportunity

Call open date: 3 May 2017

Closing date and time for outline proposals: 16:00 on 22 June 2017

Awards totalling £2·5 million - £4 million at 80% full economic cost 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.

Details of the two successful awards from 2016 can be found in this news announcement.

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 a NERC contribution of between £2·5 million - £4 million at 80% full economic cost.

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 available in the Announcement of Opportunity below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 139KB)

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 117KB)


For further information on ESIP, please contact:

Lynne Porter
01793 411791