NERC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are jointly funding this programme. The programme is supported by the UK through the Newton-Caldas Fund, which forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. This programme is a collaboration with the departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, who are providing support through the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology & Innovation (Colciencias), for Colombian-led projects.

The overarching aim of this call is to gain a better understanding of socio-ecological systems in the Colombian regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca and their response to environmental change, including climate, land use, and social or political change; and the underpinning role and value of biodiversity in these ecosystems. Whilst the work must benefit and be relevant to the two identified regions, research, if justified, can take place in regions beyond Boyacá and Cundinamarca.

Projects will be expected to take an inter-disciplinary approach bringing together environmental science with arts and humanities and must address at least one of the following three challenges:

  1. Functioning and resilience of socio-ecological systems
  2. Maximising/supporting social inclusion in the sustainable management and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
  3. Understanding and delivering the benefits of natural resources to support social and economic growth

NERC and AHRC will provide up to £5.5m of funding (80 per cent FEC) to eligible UK-based researchers. It is expected that 5 to 8 project proposals lasting up to three years will be funded, depending on the quality of proposals received. Successful projects must start, as a condition of funding, no later than 1st August 2018.

 Intention to Submit

Closing date: 16:00 (BST) on 24th October 2017

Full Proposals

Closing date: 16:00 (BST) on 30th November 2017

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