Wednesday, 22 April, 2020
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) COVID-19 Public Engagement Grant will fund public engagement with environmental science projects which understand, address or mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
The current disruption caused by COVID-19 presents major challenges to activities relating to public engagement with environmental science. This grant scheme will help researchers to find different and better methods of engagement that would otherwise be difficult to achieve in the current situation. It could also help researchers to find alternative ways to gather data that would otherwise be collected on fieldwork which can no longer go ahead.
Proposals must support the objectives and approach in the NERC Public Engagement with Research and Innovation Strategy, and be sensitive to social distancing and other restrictions.
Engagement activity should be planned such that it has intended outcomes and impacts. Impact may focus upon society, culture or the environment, or any other area of impact as described by the Research Excellence Framework. The desired outcomes are:
Eligible activities include:
Proposals will be accepted from applicants (Principal Investigators) who are normally eligible for NERC grants and are based within eligible research organisations, ie the Principal Investigator must reside in the UK, be employed by a UK higher education institution, research council institute or recognised independent research organisation, and be employed at lecturer (or equivalent) level or above.
NERC intends to fund projects costing up to £10,000 each with a total budget of £50,000. Proposals can include fully justified direct costs incurred in delivering the project. Successful projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 13 May 2020 (16:00).
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