Valuing Natural Capital - Call for workshop participants

The research councils work together to fund activities through the Research Councils UK Energy Programme (RCEP). Within the programme, NERC is seeking to fund research that will help understanding of the implications for natural capital and the provision of ecosystem services of a range of future energy scenarios. These including scenarios that are compatible with the UK's energy policy challenges of maintaining energy security, keeping energy affordable and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

NERC, working closely with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and its Valuing Nature programme, will be running a two-day interactive strategic ideas brokerage workshop to develop research consortia that will subsequently submit grant proposals to address this challenge.

This Announcement of Opportunity is a call for participants for the ideas brokerage workshop which will take place on 21-22 July 2014 at Warwick Conferences. NERC has allocated £1·9m (where this is 80% of the full economic costs) to fund the research arising from the workshop and subsequent call.

Date of workshop: 21-22 July 2014
Application closing date: 09:00 on Monday 16 June 2014
Assessment of bids and notification to applicants: week commencing 23 June 2014
Venue: Scarman House, Warwick Conferences

Participants will be selected by means of expressions of interest followed by an internal sift process and the names of those attending will be published on the programme webpage. In selecting participants, the panel will try to achieve a balance in the spread of expertise, institutes and career stages across the workshop.

It is not a pre-requisite of the subsequent call for proposals that the principal or co-investigators attend this event; the call will be open to all those eligible to receive research council funding. With this in mind, participants are encouraged to limit the number of attendees from any one department or group by self selecting workshop attendees.

The full Announcement of Opportunity can be found below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 169KB)

How to apply

Applicants should complete the two-page Expression of Interest form, which can be found below.

Expression of Interest form (Word, 812KB)

Completed Expression of Interest forms should be submitted by email to Sally Reid at by 09:00 on Monday 16 June 2014. Early applications would be welcome. No further documentation will be accepted, and we will not consider late submissions.