Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science

2016 public engagement funding call

This event has now closed - please refer to the news announcement of funded projects.
You can see a summary of the 18 public engagement projects in our infographic (PDF, 417KB).

NERC is inviting proposals under this programme for public engagement projects costing up to £20,000 that must be delivered between January and end of March 2017.

This call initiates delivery of NERC's public engagement strategy through:

  • engaging members of the UK public with relevant contemporary issues of environmental science through delivery of environmental science public engagement activity
  • building public engagement capacity in the environmental science research community and providing opportunities for early career researchers and PhD students to develop skills, practice and embed public engagement in their research careers
  • building partnerships between researchers and publics or public-facing groups, and between research organisations.

Projects will focus on broad, contemporary issues of environmental science, not specific research projects or grants. Total funding of up to £200,000 is available for this call.

An additional budget is available to provide matched funding up to the total value of the proposal (an additional maximum £20,000) to provide training and support for the involvement of early-career researchers and PhD students in public engagement projects.

The closing date for proposals is 16:00 on 3 November 2016.

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

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 463KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions (PDF, 266KB) have been compiled to support applicants, which is based on the call information event, which was held on Thursday 22 September 2016

Further information

Hannah King
Public engagement officer
01793 411572