Constructing a Digital Environment - Pre-announcement of funding opportunity


NERC will shortly be inviting proposals for demonstrator projects as part of the Constructing a Digital Environment programme. The programme is led by NERC but is supported by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). NERC has allocated £6·2 million for this investment. Eligible research organisations will be invited to submit proposals up to a value of £960,000 (at 80% full economic cost) with a maximum duration of 24 months.

This call aims to further bring together the 'Digital Environment' community through multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and innovation to deliver increased benefit from existing and new sensor networks technology and their associated infrastructure. Projects will explore the methodologies and tools for assessing, analysing, monitoring and forecasting the state of the natural environment at higher spatial and temporal resolutions than previous possible.

NERC aims to fund impact-focused demonstrator projects which harness the UK's leading position in environmental, observations and computer/data sciences to create a digitally-enabled environment which progresses our understanding of the natural environment and provides lasting benefit to policymakers, businesses and the public.

This will be an open call and is not limited to individuals with existing funding from a specific call, scheme or research council.

  • Expected AO release: Early November 2019
  • Expected proposal deadline: Mid-January 2020
  • Expected project start date: August 2020

The full announcement of opportunity will follow in due course.


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