ESPA Announcement of Opportunity: 2014 grants

Closing date: 16:00 GMT+1/UTC+1, 14 May 2014

The ESPA-2014 Grants call is for 'blue skies' research projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation, with specific emphasis on generating new understanding that can benefit poor people in low-income countries (LICs). Research funded under ESPA-2014 is expected to inform thinking and practice over, at least, the next decade, representing a step-change in the knowledge and evidence that will underpin future activities in ESPA's sphere of activity.

Applications are invited for funding in the range of between £50,000 and £150,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has been allocated a total available budget of up to £1·5m, which may be revised at the discretion of the Programme Executive Board (PEB). Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of 12 months, with an expected start date between 1 December 2014 and 1 February 2015.

Full proposals must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 GMT+1/UCT+1 on 14 May 2014

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity documents below for the full details of this call or contact the ESPA Secretariat at if you have any queries.

Announcement of Opportunity Part A: Scope of ESPA 2014 grants (PDF, 279KB)

Announcement of Opportunity Part B: Applying for ESPA 2014 grants (PDF, 618KB)

Annex 1 - Low-income countries (PDF, 18KB)

Annex 2 - Financial guidance (PDF, 81KB)

Annex 3 - Registering an organisation on Je-S (PDF, 414KB)

Annex 4 - Completing a Je-S application (PDF, 8.3MB)

Ethics assessment form (Word, 208KB)

Ethics guidelines and checklist (PDF, 499KB)

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 426KB)