NERC – Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (EPSA) 2014 Grants

By Mar.05, 2014

Funding opportunity


Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (EPSA) 2014 Grants




14th May 2014


£50,000 – £150,000


Applications are invited for projects that will deliver “blue skies” research providing innovative, new approaches that enhance the understanding of the way in which ecosystem services contribute to the sustainable alleviation of poverty for poor people (especially those living in low-income countries).

Projects will utilise the current ESPA Knowledge Strategy and ESPA research portfolio as a starting point to frame their work and then adopt highly innovative and forward-looking approaches to significantly extend global understanding in ESPA’s area of activity.

The research commissioned under ESPA-2014 will be expected to support innovative approaches that will substantially inform efforts to ensure that the sustainable management and utilisation of ecosystem services contributes to the long-term alleviation of poverty for poor people in developing countries around the world. The types of activities that ESPA would consider funding under the 2014 call include:

  • Synthesis and/or meta-analysis
  • Transformative, forward-looking literature review(s) to identify gaps and  opportunities
  • “Think-pieces” and/or new frameworks
  • Convening small groups of world experts for strategic reviews, e.g. Bellagio-type
  • groups and meetings 

The list of activities is not intended to be exhaustive, and if you have ideas that are not covered here, you are encouraged to discuss these with the ESPA Secretariat before submitting a proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to note that experimental research activities, while not excluded, may be difficult to deliver in the time available. ESPA-2014 is not designed to provide top-up/incremental funds to existing pieces of work, funded either by ESPA or by other agencies, and any research proposed needs to propose a ‘step-change’ in thinking.


Up to 12 months


Standard NERC eligibility criteria apply