Funding available for academics and business to collaborate

The Natural Environment Research Council are funding a number of short projects / internships on ‘Business Engagement with Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services’.

The aims of the NERC-funded scheme are to
• Initiate collaborations between academics and business or third sector organisation partners, leading to the application of ecosystem services approaches in longer term self-sustaining activities undertaken by partners.
• Generate evidence and case studies of how businesses and other organisations have used or could use ecosystem services approaches, in collaboration with academics, to introduce innovation into their business.
• Provide evidence concerning the effectiveness of policies intended to facilitate the development of ecosystem services approaches by businesses and third sector organisations.

i) if you are a UK-based academic, please let your colleagues know of the opportunity and think about applying – full details of the call and the application form are available here.

ii) if you are a UK-based business and have an idea for a project that you would like to develop, then please use the discussion area on the webgroup forum to advertise / develop your collaborative ideas: click here
iii) project with Atkins
One business is already interested in the scheme – Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies, is offering a project related to their work on the Water Framework Directive. For more details see here.

Further specific opportunities over the next few weeks as these are put forward by the business members of the network.

More information and to apply
The call is managed by the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network, on behalf of Natural Environment Research Council.
For more information contact the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network Administrator, Anna Baginska on or phone 01865 610505.

Deadline The call is now open, deadline is Friday 15 June 2012.