Making Environmental Science Equal, Diverse and Inclusive Call

Closing Date: 11/10/2021

Support for environmental scientists in UK research institutions to explore and improve equality, diversity and inclusion within their discipline.

The new Making Environmental Science Equal, Diverse and Inclusive Call is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and seeks to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within environmental science.

Funding will be given to organisations and consortia to explore and improve EDI within their environmental science disciplines, which will lead to greater diversity in environmental sciences. There is a requirement for successful projects to focus on diversity throughout the lifecycle of research and innovation. The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Tackle the specific EDI challenges facing an academic team or department or a discipline in a wider sense.
  • Test, verify and further define effective approaches to improve EDI within their specified remit.
  • Bring together academics to raise awareness of the opportunities for increasing diversity within the environmental sciences.
  • Provide new evidence for the improvement of EDI within disciplines in the form of written case studies and for award holders to participate at a NERC organised knowledge exchange virtual event by October 2022.

Projects must address all of the objectives above with a view to outputs contributing to ongoing efforts to improve EDI within their target discipline or disciplines.

NERC is keen for applicants to seek, where appropriate, pedagogic experts (such as those with expertise in creating effective learning environments) and EDI experts (from inside and outside academia if appropriate) to co-create activities and co-generate new knowledge together.

Funded activities could take many forms and flexibility for the community to identify the areas most important to focus on is a key first principle in this investment. Funded activities must have an environmental disciplinary focus and so should not be broad/general in their approach. NERC expects proposals to have a clear environmental disciplinary outcome or output.

Funding body Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Maximum value £100,000
Reference ID S22504
Category Natural Environment

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