Firms call for major R&I investment to tackle environmental crisis

Major investment into research and innovation (R&I) is needed to enable UK businesses to address the global biodiversity and climate crisis, according to a new report.

The report by the Valuing Nature Programme ­­– which brings together businesses, research institutions, government agencies and NGOs - is based on feedback from 200 organisations across all these sectors, half of which were UK firms.

It says the UK business community needs access to solid scientific research in order to:

Funding Call: Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources

The Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources Programme (SMMR) is a new £12.4m programme funded through UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund. SMMR will be jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of UKRI, and in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Marine Scotland. The SMMR Champions are Professor David Paterson & Dr Mark James (St Andrews University).

Announcement of Opportunity: Systematic Review of the Role for Environmental Science in Mental Health Research

role for environmental science in mental health research

Applications must be received via the online application form by midday, May 22nd 2020.

N.B. The deadline to apply for this call has now passed. Thank you very much to everyone who applied or expressed interest in the call. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 5th June 2020.

Applications are invited for the role of programme ambassador on the new "Future of UK Treescapes Programme"

Future of UK Treescapes, a new interdisciplinary programme led by UKRI-NERC, and jointly funded with UKRI-AHRC and UKRI-ESRC, has recently been announced and they are inviting applications for the role of Programme Ambassador

Closing date for proposal is 16:00 on 12 May 2020.

Strategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with government are pleased to announce a £5 million call to support one Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) focused on developing the next generation of interdisciplinary food systems thinkers. This CDT is part of a wider £47.5 million interdisciplinary research programme seeking to transform the UK food system and is led by the Global Food Security Programme (GFS) and supported by UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The call is administered by BBSRC, in partnership with ESRC, MRC, NERC, Defra, DHSC, PHE, Innovate UK and FSA.

BES Horizon Scan - submit your ideas

The British Ecological Society will be conducting a horizon scanning exercise of emerging issues under the broad theme of the values of nature to inform the future research agenda. They are seeking input from the community to identify key issues which will be discussed at a structured workshop. Please click here for more information. Deadline: Wednesday 18th December 2020.