NERC – Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

By Jan.30, 2014

Funding opportunity


Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team


NERC (and others)


20th March 2014


Up to £1.1m


As part of their commitment to the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Partnership, NERC, ESRC, AHRC, BBSRC and Defra are inviting proposals for a Programme Coordination Team (PCT) for the Valuing Nature programme.

The Valuing Nature programme is a five year research programme which aims to better understand and represent the complexities of the natural environment in valuation analyses and to consider the wider societal and cultural value of ecosystems services, even where these may have no perceived market value. It will do this through a mix of research, network and cross-discipline and impact activities.

The PCT will need to understand the varied challenges and perspectives of the programme, whilst delivering a cohesive package of work. The Valuing Nature programme will be strongly dependent on developing interdisciplinary capability (across the natural, social, and biological sciences, and the arts and humanities) and stakeholder engagement to address the challenges, as identified by the funding partners. Facilitating open debate about, and development of, the valuing nature approach is integral to the programme – for example, around concepts, frameworks and methods. The PCT will therefore be expected to understand and engage with the different perspectives that social science and the humanities – as well as natural sciences – can bring.

The team will be led by a Principal Investigator (PI), who will be expected to contribute approximately 40% of their time to the overall leadership of the Programme and Network. The PI will be supported by a small team of named individuals in order to deliver the principal activities required. It is expected that the composition of the team will be flexible throughout the programme’s lifetime and additional roles may be contracted at times to deliver specific goals within the wider plan and reflect the cross-disciplinary aspirations for the network.

Funds of up to £1.1million are available for a single grant of 5 years duration, subject to the extent to which the proposal supports the programme aspirations of wider disciplinary and end-user engagement.


5 years


This opportunity is open to individuals and organisations eligible for RCUK funding. Applicants should note that members of the successful Programme Coordination Team will not be eligible to bid for research grant funding from the programme.