Pre-announcement of opportunity - funding for environmental data in health outcomes

The National Environment Research Council (NERC), the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the potential of environmental data to improve health outcomes in the UK. 

A brokerage event in Edinburgh to identify projects for this call is planned for April 2016. Prospective participants will be invited to apply to attend this event. Participants will then be invited to submit full proposals for studies following the event.

Study demonstrates value of green spaces to society

A new report published by national land management charity, the Land Trust, shows just how much nature adds to people’s health and sense of safety.

The report, undertaken by independent economic consultants, found that every pound invested in parks and nature reserves contributes £30 towards health and wellbeing, and £23 towards crime reduction and community safety.

Energy, water, environment and food policy in the spotlight at new research centre backed by NERC

How are people in the UK affected by government decisions? New Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) aims to find out.

Based at the University of Surrey and initiated by leading UK bodies, its research will aid future decision-making on complex policy such as flooding and drainage, farming, housing and transport.

Valuing Nature Business Impact School 2-4 March 2016

TKCA photography_Flickr. Willis Building, London

Save the Date - Business Impact School: 2 - 4 March 2016

The Valuing Nature Programme will run a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.

The Natural Environment Research Council is funding this School to help develop a Valuing Nature research community with a broader understanding of how to translate research into private sector decision making and innovation.

Valuing Nature Placement Scheme now open

Researchers are invited to apply to work for up to three months on Valuing Nature topics in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting. £180k is available to support 5-10 placements.

The placements will support the Valuing Nature Programme’s aim of building an interdisciplinary research community capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences and arts and humanities, and to link researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners.