Announcement of Opportunity: Landscape Decisions mathematical and statistical challenges small grants call

Closing date: 16:00 25 April 2019

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

Projects are sought that bring mathematical or statistical methods to decision-making approaches on how we use the environment. It is anticipated the work will lead to better systems understanding of how we use the landscape, and new thinking that could lead to products which can provide improved measures of system state and prediction of system dynamics.

Projects are expected to explore how we model coupled human-environment landscape systems with improved model robustness. Projects are likely to focus on (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Understanding the varied non-linearities and sensitivities of different modelling approaches.
  • Techniques for improving the performance of models working with 'big data'.
  • Techniques for combining models to capture feedbacks and interdependencies.
  • Techniques for dealing with error propagation in complex models.

Funding of up to £700,000 is available for this short exploratory call, and we anticipate funding around 15 projects up to £50,000 (at 80% full economic cost) over 12 months.

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, 578KB)