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Place-based approaches to sustainable living: outline stage (UK)


The Place-based approaches to sustainable living: outline stage research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) supports research place-based approaches for an environmentally sustainable future and support evidence-based decision making.

Desired outcomes of the project include:

  • enhanced understanding of environmental challenges and solutions from a place-based perspective to develop findings, tools and theories, which can be applied by local and national policymakers, communities and practitioners
  • co-produced solutions or enhanced understanding of place-based approaches for a sustainable future

The principal investigator for this funding opportunity must be based at an organisation eligible for ESRC funding for the duration of the grant.

Eligible organisations are:

  • UK higher education institutions
  • research council institutes
  • UK Research and Innovation approved independent research organisations
  • public sector research establishments
  • NHS bodies with research capacity

Co-investigators from business, third sector or government can be included in research applications. We encourage active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries, and co-investigators based in overseas research organisations can be included through our international co-investigators policy.

The full economic cost (FEC) of the project can be up to £2 million and last for up to five years. ESRC funds 80% FEC.

Applications are due July 13, 2023.

Full application due:
July 13, 2023

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