Call for Applications: ESPA-NERC Research Grants Program 2016


Deadline: 13 May 2016

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) grant program invites research synthesis projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation.

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The call will fund a set of projects that build upon the scientific advances and evidence generated by ESPA projects.

Grant Information

Applications are invited for funding in the range of between £50,000 and £200,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has been allocated a total available budget of up to £1m, which may be revised at the discretion of the Programme Executive Board (PEB).

Eligibility Criteria

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  • The Principal Investigator on the proposal must reside in the UK and be employed by an eligible UK Research Organisation (Higher Education Institution, research council institute or a recognised independent research organisation). Employment should be at lecturer (or equivalent) level or above.
  • Non-UK Principal Investigators and PIs from organisations not normally eligible for UK Research Council Funding, should meet the following criteria:
    • have at least three years of relevant post-doctoral experience, or an appropriate equivalent level of research experience;
    • be employed—at the time of application—by the Research Organisation submitting the proposal, or if not employed
      • have an existing formal arrangement with the organisation that enableshim or her to carry out research there and receive all necessarymanagement and infrastructure support from the organisation or
      • be scheduled to move to the submitting organisation before the proposed start date of the grant in such a way that would ensure that the criterion stated above is met by the time the grant starts;
    • have an assurance from the submitting organisation—at the time of application— that should the proposal be successful, the contract of employment, orformal commitment, to provide support if not employed, will extend at least threemonths beyond the end date of the grant. Confirmation of this assurance from organisations should accompany any grant application.

How to Apply

Full proposals must be submitted via email.

For more information, please visit ESPA-NERC.

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