Environmental Evidence for the Future (EEF) initiative


This new programme of activity will pave the way to addressing crucial challenges and exciting opportunities that present from the UK leaving the European Union, including optimising sustainable environmental management and ensuring the resilience of our ecosystems and the quality of our water and air.

At a time when focus is overwhelmingly on short-term requirements, this programme will define, prioritise and address the medium- to long-term knowledge gaps in the environmental science evidence base. It will identify where NERC investments, the wider environmental research landscape and interdisciplinary knowledge can help address these challenges to inform decisions and pioneer innovative policies and solutions. It will take a holistic, systemic and outcome-driven approach.

Announcement of Opportunity: Environmental Evidence for the Future Initiative (EEF)

Closing date: 15 May

21 Apr 2017

NERC invites applications to join an advisory group that will provide an independent and impartial steer to activities under the Environmental Evidence for the Future Initiative (EEF).


The EEF initiative will work in close collaboration with relevant UK government bodies to define and prioritise key cross-cutting evidence challenges and decisions required post-referendum related to the European environmental policy frameworks under which they are currently working, and which have the scope to be addressed via the NERC community and NERC's investments in the medium-to-longer term.

Concept note for the EEF initiative (PDF, 113KB)


The initiative will run for an initial 12 months from March 2017 with the potential to extend a further 12-24 months.

Can I apply for a grant?

No, there are no current grant funding opportunities for this programme.


NERC will invest in the region £560,000 over the course of this initiative.

Programme Executive Team (PET)

The EEF Initiative is governed by a Programme Executive Team which is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the programme and delivery of the programme's objectives. Current members of the executive team are:

  • Sasha Leigh, Head of UK Partnerships
  • Gemma Truelove, Senior Programme Manager
  • Penny Gordon, Programme Manager

Programme Co-ordination Group (PCG)

The day-to-day management of the programme is undertaken by the EEF Programme Co-ordination Group, who report to the Programme Executive Group. The team is led by CEH and comprise the following members:

  • Rosie Hails (CEH) PCG Director
  • Jan Dick (CEH) Project Manager and Scotland Lead
  • Joanne Chamberlain (CEH) England and Norther Ireland Lead
  • Angus Garbutt (CEH) Wales Lead
  • Alan Evans (NOC) Marine Lead
  • Alan Gray (CEH) Overseas Territories Lead
  • Hannah Lacey (CEH) Communications Lead

Programme Advisory Group (PAG)

The EEF Programme Advisory Group will provide independent, impartial advice to the executive team on the development and direction of the programme. Members of the PAG were recruited through open competition with the group chaired by an invited senior member of the community:

  • Andrew Pullin (Chair), University of Bangor
  • Andrew Jordan, University of East Anglia
  • Stephen Gibson, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Diane Mitchell, National Farmers Union
  • Helen Doran, Natural England
  • Clare Stringer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Robert Doubleday, University of Cambridge
  • Elizabeth Surkovic, Royal Society
  • Andrew Stott, Defra