The ESPA-2016 Grants call is for research synthesis projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation. The call will fund a set of projects that build upon the scientific advances and evidence generated by ESPA projects.
ESPA-2016 projects will use ESPA research, knowledge and frameworks as a starting point but researchers will be required to extend their analysis more widely to consider all other relevant research evidence from the perspective of ESPA's aims and approach. This requires interdisciplinary studies considering the links between a range of ecosystem services and multiple dimensions of poverty.
Applications are invited for funding in the range of between £50,000 and £200,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has been allocated a total available budget of up to £1m, which may be revised at the discretion of the Programme Executive Board (PEB). Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of 12 months, with an expected start date between 1 September 2016 and 1 December 2016. Submission is a one stage process using standard NERC procedures for research proposals. Applications can be started on the Je-S system from 9 March 2016.