Engaging Environments - Announcement of Opportunity

Je-S open date: 1 June 2017

Closing date for outline proposals: 16:00 on 25 July 2017

NERC is inviting proposals under this programme for public engagement consortium and capacity-building projects costing between £50,000 and £100,000 (at 80% full economic cost) that must be delivered between October 2017 and October 2018.


This consortium and capacity building stage aims to build a long-term, effective and innovative public engagement community, and support the formation of collaborative teams who will then go on, in a second stage, to bid to lead one, ambitious, large-scale project that will achieve national impact and recognition in engaging the UK public with contemporary issues of environmental science.


NERC's desired outcomes for this stage:

  1. Capacity to lead and deliver effective, national-scale public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science through collaborations and partnerships that drive forward the debate and deliver innovative public engagement.

  2. Strengthened capacity within the environmental science research community and beyond in order to foster excellence in the quality of future public engagement activity.

Further information

The outputs of a community consultation workshop, held on 6 April in Manchester, have directly informed this call.

Applicants are referred to the Announcement of Opportunity document below for further details.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 1023KB)

Research Councils UK (RCUK) will also be launching a funding call this spring to help better embed support for public engagement with research in higher education institutions.


For further information on public engagement at NERC, please contact:

Hannah King
01793 411572