Guidelines for Acknowledging ESPA Funding

Who is responsible for providing the correct acknowledgments?

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator of the project to ensure that the ESPA programme is acknowledged correctly in any outputs coming from the project. This should be checked carefully at the proofing stage of the publication process.

Why do we ask for the project number?

If academic outputs are tagged with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project reference number it allows the successes of individual ESPA projects to be logged and tracked. Failure to include the project reference number may mean that research publications and project outputs are not attributed as an outcome of the ESPA research grant by the automated systems used by the United Kingdom's Research Councils (RCs) and the Department for International Development (DFID).


  • Academic Publications - Journal Papers, Reports, Symposia Proceedings and Books

Papers submitted to academic publications that report findings from ESPA-funded research must acknowledge ESPA support, in full, using the following format:

This work ‘[research project name and NERC project number]’, was [funded]/[partly funded] with support from the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

  • Oral and Poster Presentations at Conferences, Workshops and Meetings

In the first instance of its use, please give the full name of the programme, i.e. ‘the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme’. Thereafter, use just the abbreviation, i.e. ‘ESPA’.

In addition to the use of the relevant logos (see ESPA’s ‘Guidance on Logo Usage’) the NERC project number should also be included on all title slides, posters and hand-outs.

If you wish to explain the funding arrangements, then please use the following wording: ‘The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’.

  • Project Websites

Project websites must include an acknowledgement of ESPA funding and display the full ESPA logo block on at least one page (see ESPA’s ‘Guidance on Logo Usage’). The ESPA logo should be displayed on every page of your project’s website.

To acknowledge ESPA support, use the following wording: ‘The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

On each page where ESPA is mentioned, in the first instance of its use, please give the full name of the programme, i.e. ‘the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme’. Thereafter, use just the abbreviation, i.e. ‘ESPA’.

  • Use of Social Media

The ESPA Directorate can be found on Twitter as @espadirectorate. Where space allows, please mention @espadirectorate in any tweets referring to ESPA-funded work.

  • Policy Briefs and Media Releases

The following information should be included in the Acknowledgements sections of policy briefs, and in the Notes to Editors section of all media releases which publicise ESPA-funded work:

ESPA is a global development research programme funded by the UK Government, supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council. ESPA aims to provide new world-class research evidence demonstrating how ecosystem services can reduce poverty and enhance wellbeing for the world’s poor.

For more guidance on press releases view our policy.


Other Materials

If you are producing other materials of a type not included here, or are unsure in anyway about these Guidelines, please contact the communication [at] espa.ac.uk (subject: Identity%20Guidance) (ESPA Communications Officer).