UKRI is now opened to applicants for a £12.4m research programme

Proposal closing date: 16:00 on 6 October 2020
Notification of Intent closing date: 12:00 on 12 June 2020

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications to address the objectives of the new Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR) research programme.

The £12.4m SMMR programme will be jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of UKRI, and in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Marine Scotland. 

This programme aims to improve understanding of sustainable societal, behavioural and economic benefits through better management of UK marine resources, and integrate this into systems-based approaches that support the development and analysis of interventions and inform effective decision-making for marine management and policy. At the same time, the programme will achieve an enduring step change in the capability of the marine transdisciplinary research community to work more closely with stakeholders, including policy makers, industry, and the public.

To help with partnership development, the SMMR programme has introduced a facilitation process that will be led by the SMMR Champions, to support interdisciplinary and stakeholder connections.  

This call aims to fund up to six proposals at up to £1.5m per project (80% FEC). Projects must start no later than 15 May 2021.

Applicants must submit a Notification of Intent via the Marine Scotland registration form by midday on 12 June 2020. The Notification of Intent will not be assessed. The purpose of this stage is to help estimate the number of potential submissions, identify thematic areas being addressed and enable the Champions to facilitate interdisciplinary and stakeholder connections.

Applicants should refer to the Announcement of Opportunity document below for more details.

Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources – Announcement of Opportunity

More details on the Strategic Priorities Fund can be found on the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund web pages. 


Applications for £12.4m UKRI SMMR Research Programme now open

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