Please note that this call is now closed

Applications to the first call for the Future of UK Treescapes programme closed on 15 December 2020. You can read the full call text here.

Six projects were selected in the first call and have now begun their research. These projects will explore how trees, woods and forests function. They will look at what needs to be done to grow and protect our future treescapes so they truly benefit nature and society as a whole. Our projects bring together diverse teams to undertake world-leading research, from scientists to artists, humanitarians to forest managers. The projects will run for a total of 3 years.

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Future of UK Treescapes Large Grant Call

Please note that this call is now closed and all details here are recorded for your information only.

The call will support grants that address one or more of the programme’s themes:

  • theme one: forms, functions and values of UK treescapes
  • theme two: opportunities, barriers and pathways for expansion of UK treescapes
  • theme three: resilience of UK treescapes to global change.

Proposals are expected to take an interdisciplinary approach bringing together environmental scientists, social scientists, economists and, arts and humanities researchers to form substantial research collaborations.

Proposals that only involve collaboration between researchers within the remit of a single research council are out of scope.

Standard eligibility rules apply but, in addition, collaborations with Forest Research (FR) are permitted under this call.

If such a collaboration is recommended for funding, Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Welsh Government and Scottish Government will fund the FR component whilst NERC, AHRC and ESRC will fund the other, eligible organisations.

See the announcement of opportunity for how to apply with FR collaborators.

There is up to £10 million available from NERC, AHRC and ESRC for this call with additional funding from Defra, Welsh Government and Scottish Government for FR collaborations.

Individual proposals may request up to £2 million (80% full economic cost) over 36 months. It is expected that up to six proposals will be funded.

All projects must start by 1 August 2021.