Announcement of Opportunity: Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources

NERC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are inviting research proposals under the Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources call. The overarching aim of this call is to gain a better understanding of socio-ecological systems in the Colombian regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, and their response to environmental change, including climate, land use and social or political change, and the underpinning role and value of biodiversity in these ecosystems.

Projects will be expected to take an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together environmental science with arts and humanities, and must address at least one of the following three challenges:

  • Functioning and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
  • Maximising / supporting social inclusion in the sustainable management and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
  • Understanding and delivering the benefits of natural resources to support social and economic growth.

Through the Newton Fund, NERC and AHRC will provide up to £5·5 million of funding (80 per cent full economic cost) to eligible UK-based researchers. It is expected that five to eight proposals of a cost between £700,000 - £1·1 million and lasting up to three years will be supported, depending upon the quality of proposals received.

Applicants are required to submit an Intention to Submit (ItS). This will provide a brief summary of the proposed research, researchers and anticipated costs. Applicants can also nominate reviewers at this stage for their proposal. The ItS will not be assessed, but will be used to gauge the level of interest in the call for resource planning purposes and allow us to pre-approach reviewers. Submission of an ItS is a requirement for this call and full proposals will not be accepted unless an ItS has been received.

Applicants should refer to the full Announcement of Opportunity below for further details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 202KB)

Closing date for ItS via online survey - external link is 16:00 on 24 October 2017.

Closing date for full proposals via Je-S is 16:00 on 30 November 2017.

Due to a delay to the launch of the Colombian calls NERC and AHRC reserves the right to pause, delay or cancel the full proposal stage following ItS submission. Applicants will be notified should this occur.

For further information about this Announcement of Opportunity, please contact:

Beth Taylor
07864 605017