Announcement of Opportunity: Constructing a Digital Environment open call

Je-S open date: 3 April 2019

Closing date: 23 May 2019

Projects will need to start by 15 November 2019.

NERC is inviting proposals for a second round of feasibility studies costing up to £240,000 at 80% full economic cost, with a maximum duration of 12 months, as part of the Constructing a Digital Environment programme.

Constructing a Digital Environment is a Strategic Priorities Fund programme which is being led by NERC, but is supported by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Defra.

This call aims to further bring together the 'digital environment' community across multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and innovation to scope out sensor networks technology and the associated infrastructure, in order to identify what will be possible in the near and far future in the atmospheric, Earth and ocean domains. Ultimately this will lead to an understanding of how newly developed and existing distributed and instrumented networks could be incorporated into or form part of a digitally enabled environment.

Projects will identify improvements to existing sensor networks, as well as technologies and infrastructure for integration of networks (existing and new), with built-in data processes. They will look at the possibilities associated with data processing, collation and interpretation, and investigate how data could be accessed, visualised and used for decision-making to provide benefit for policymakers, businesses, communities and individuals.

This programme will ultimately bring together environmental research and environment-focused informatics (such as statistics, machine learning and computer science) to improve the understanding, modelling and prediction of events and inform future decision-making. This will be an open call and is not limited to individuals with existing funding from a specific scheme or research council.

Further information on the call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 239KB)


For further information, please contact:

Kirsten Dutton
Programme Manager
NERC Data Innovation Team
07892 700207