This funding opportunity is relevant to priority one ‘net zero, environment, biodiversity and climate change’ of the ESRC 2022 to 2025 strategic delivery plan, which sets out our commitment to invest in new ambitious interdisciplinary programmes on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The government has committed to reach net zero by 2050, which is closely tied to its levelling up and innovation ambitions through a commitment to invest in:
- new technologies
- healthy, safe, high-quality environments across the country
A place-based approach will be essential to achieve a sustainable future for different geographies, for example:
- urban or rural
- inland or coastal
To enable the transition to low-carbon solutions, a thriving green economy, levelling up, and sustainable living, embedded in an understanding of complex local systems and values.
This will involve significant change to the operation of businesses, individual lifestyles and to the economies of places. It will also need a comprehensive understanding of the co-benefits, governance, trade-offs, and impacts (social, economic, and environmental) within places and geographic contexts.
For the rapid climate and biodiversity mitigation and adaptation that is needed there will be both positive and adverse impacts on different communities and places. These will need to take a place-based approach to assess the risk and inform appropriate local solutions dependent upon the environmental, social, economic, and cultural characteristics of the specific area.
Co-producing solutions with different stakeholders across communities will support the development of fair and sustainable solutions suitable for specific geographies. Justice, equity, safety, security and empowerment are vital to effective solutions.
The Funding Service
The full proposal stage of this funding opportunity is likely to run on the Funding Service our new funding platform, rather than via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Set up an account on the Funding Service.
If successful at the outline stage, you will be invited to submit a full application, and will receive guidance at that point.
The Funding Service has a digital form-based format with sections addressing application questions which are the assessment criteria for the funding opportunity.
Please note that this opportunity is running concurrently with the ‘Resilient UK coastal communities and seas opportunity’, and the ESRC Centre competitions on ‘Sustainable and equitable low-carbon living’ and ‘Climate change and health’. Please consider which opportunity would be the most suitable to apply for.
Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environmental Social Science have consulted the community on the community on this thematic research area. Read their report.
Equality impact assessment (PDF, 119KB)
Je-S guidance for applicants (PDF, 216KB)