Improving Health with Environmental Data call - Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date: 12 July 2016

NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the potential of environmental data to improve health outcomes in the UK. This call will focus specifically on using environmental data on air pollution and/or environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.

A brokerage event in Edinburgh to identify projects for this call is planned for 10 May 2016. Prospective participants will be invited to apply to attend this event. Participants will then be invited to submit full proposals for studies following the event.

  • Applicants must attend the brokerage event to be held in May in Edinburgh in order to be eligible to submit proposals.
  • It is expected that most, if not all, applications will be for exploratory or feasibility studies.
  • Projects are expected to be short-term (up to 12 months).
  • The funders expect to make approximately 10 awards of approximately £60,000 each (80% FEC).
  • Up to £100,000 of the funding is reserved for projects led by principal investigators (PIs) based at Scottish Higher Education Institutes.

Brokerage event attendees will be invited to submit full proposals which must be submitted via Je-S by 12 July 2016.

For further details please see the Announcement of Opportunity.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 503KB)

Expert panel

Panel members are:

  • Stephen Holgate, University of Southampton (Chair)
  • Roald Dickens, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Paul Elliott, Imperial College
  • Alison Gowers, Public Health England
  • Ronan Lyons, Swansea University
  • Stephen Mobbs, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Andrew Morris, Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office
  • Hester Ward, NHS National Services Scotland

Brokerage event

The panel will be present at the event to facilitate applicants' thinking, also:

  • panel will only give anonymous feedback
  • panel members have been instructed not to discuss or contribute to applications from their own institutes.

Panel meeting

Applications will be assessed by the above expert panel.

Applications will be assessed against both strategic value and feasibility.

During assessment process of call applications, panel members will not contribute to review/assessment of any applications led by an employee from their own institute.

All potential personal and institutional conflicts of interest of the panel will be declared to the Chair and funders in advance of the panel meeting; with potential conflicts managed at the discretion of the Chair.


For further details please contact:

Emily Flowers
01793 411721

Tessa Edgecombe
01793 442610