Announcement of Opportunity: Landscape Decisions Fellowships

UPDATE: The Announcement of Opportunity has been updated to include a ‘Statement of Need’ from Defra.

UPDATE: UK Research and Innovation has recently announced changes to requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’.  As a result of this change, you will no longer be required to provide a ‘Pathways to Impact’ plan or complete an ‘Impact Summary’ within your grant proposal. These requirements will be removed for all UKRI opportunities by 1 March 2020, so the section and attachment type will disappear from any proposal “under preparation” by applicants or research offices by 1 March.  

Applicants for this call should follow this guidance: A separate Pathways to Impact statement is no longer required, but applicants must still consider how they will or might achieve impact throughout their projects and include this as part of their Case for Support. Activities to realize impact do not have to be cost-incurring, but relevant costs can be included and must be fully justified within the Justification of Resources statement. The Case for Support page limit will not be increased as a result of this change.  We hope that all proposals submitted to the call will follow this guidance.

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) invite proposals to this call on the Strategic Priorities Fund programme on 'Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets'. This is a four-year multidisciplinary programme jointly delivered by NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council on behalf of UKRI.

Fellowship proposals to this call could address a number of challenges. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following (in no particular order):

  • How to ensure landscape decisions are climate-resilient;
  • How landscape decisions can support the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target;
  • The role of mathematics, big data and artificial intelligence within landscape decision making;
  • How decisions on multifunctional landscapes can be taken under uncertainty to improve environmental land management;
  • The engagement of diverse social and institutional groups with landscape decision making;
  • The role of individual emotions and values, and/or finance in landscape decision making.
  • How to ensure landscape decisions take account of local/regional place-based factors including those of a socio-political and economic nature.

Three types of Fellowship are available:

Research Synthesis Fellowships. Fellows will be required to implement an independent programme of multidisciplinary research synthesis linked to one or more of the constituent projects and activities in the Landscape Decisions Programme or other relevant landscape decisions research.

Research Translation Fellowships. Fellows will either work alongside or at end-user/stakeholder organisations to implement an independent programme of translation of research outcomes from landscape decision research into policy relevant applications or work alongside an academic research group as a practitioner to translate research outcomes into policy-relevant applications.

Community Engagement Research Fellowships. Fellows will be required to implement an independent programme of research based on engagement with land users or communities related to landscape decision making using one of or a range of arts, humanities, social and political science, and digital methods.

Funds of up to £1 million are available for this call. Fellowships can be full or part-time and applications are open to people at any career stage.

For full details and how to apply, please see the Announcement of Opportunity.

Closing date for proposals: 16:00 on 26 March 2020

Announcement of Opportunity.

Defra Statement of Need


For general enquiries relating to this call, please contact Landscape Decisions Programme team:

For specific queries regarding support for contacting suitable funded projects from the Landscape Decisions Programme, please contact Landscape Decisions Programme Coordination Team: