Dedicated budget announced for small projects – but apply by 22 October

Extra £150k offered for Green Infrastructure research

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will make an extra £150,000 of funding available for small projects as part of its drive to support Green Infrastructure innovation.

The NERC is the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres. The extra £150,000, part of a separate budget from the existing £1.15 million that has already been announced, is specifically for short projects to run until 31 March 2016. This includes small projects and feasibility studies.

Proposals are invited that 'address the issues and opportunities around GI in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers)'.

Defra, Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) are keen to collaborate on projects that investigate the societal benefits of green infrastructure (both rural/urban) across the full range of ecosystem services and have all offered to support successful applicants. More details 

The deadline for the NERC's Green Infrastructure Call is 4pm, 22 October. Application forms and guidance on eligibility and how to apply, are available from the NERC here

View the Landscape Institute's positional statement on GI.

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