Funding Opportunity: Public Engagement with Environmental Science

by | Jul 21, 2021

Growing Roots: Public engagement annual call. Deadline 16:00 September 10, 2021.

NERC are delighted to announce the launch of our new annual funding opportunity to engage public groups with environmental science research.

With this funding call NERC welcomes applicants from research and non-research focused organisations to lead the projects, as well as offering opportunities for individuals to observe the assessment process.

Successful projects will:

  • Your project must do at least two of these:
  • work across disciplines, or with people outside of academia
  • explore new opportunities that have appeared since you applied for other funding
  • trial new approaches
  • build capacity and capability
  • support leadership activity
  • focus on COP26.

Your project must end by 25 March 2022.


This funding opportunity welcomes applications from researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, including the following groups:

  • environmental science researchers, including early career researchers and PhD students with permissions from their PhD supervisor and their doctoral training programmes (DTP) or centre for doctoral training (CDT)
  • researchers across academic disciplines, or fields outside academia
  • public engagement specialists
  • community organisations, publics or public-facing groups (for example, learned societies, environment and diversity groups, charity members, community groups, local authorities, commercial companies providing a public service)
  • business, third sector and government bodies.

Costs for the involvement of these groups may be covered in the requested funding.

PhD students are welcome to apply as the main applicant for this grant fund with permissions from their PhD supervisor, and their doctoral training partnership (DTP) or centre for doctoral training (CDT) where applicable.

Additional opportunities:

Individuals who are interested in the grant awarding process, and are not named on any applications can also apply to observe the assessment process.

Full information:

Full information about this funding opportunity can be found on UKRI’s funding finder:

Posted on behalf of Hannah Lacey, Public Engagement Programme Manager, Natural Environment Research Council
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