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22nd January 2016

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Research Funding Opportunities
NERC Biodiversity and ecosystem service sustainability workshop grants
The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its biodiversity and ecosystem service sustainability workshop grants. Funding supports workshops and working groups that contribute to the following goals of the BESS science plan. Max amount £8,000. No deadline. 
AHRC
Research Networking Grants
The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals should explore new areas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches or entrepreneurship. Proposals must justify the approach taken and clearly explain the novelty or added value for bringing the network participants together. No Deadline. 
Research grants – standard route
Arts and Humanities Research Council
These support research projects by enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities. Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million for up to five years.  No deadline.

CRASSH Conference Funding
CRASSH supports an annual programme of conferences and workshops which may or may not be related to the Centre's theme and initiatives.  Funding of up to £2,500, plus administrative support is available to college and university faculty and graduate students of the University of Cambridge only. There is one deadline annually, during lent term, for all conferences that will take place in the following academic year (September - July). Applications for 2016–17 are now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 29th January 2016. 

Endowment fund research grants
Scottish Ornithologists’ Club
These grants are for studies that further the knowledge and conservation of birds in Scotland. Funding is available for a maximum of three years. Closing date: 31 Jan 16 (Forecast) 

Conservation and research grants
Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia
These grants support bird conservation and ornithological research projects in the region. There is no upper limit to the size of grants but most average between £500 and £1,000. Closing date: 31 Jan 16

Research partnership grants
The Nexus Network
The network aims to foster collaborations between researchers from different scientific disciplines and between researchers and stakeholders in business, policy and civil society, in order to improve understanding of the nexus of food, energy, water and the wider environment. The total budget is worth up to £300,000 with a maximum of £150,000 per grant for projects of up to 12 months. Grants must start by 1 July 2016. Closing date: 31 Jan 16   

Primate research grants
Primate Conservation
These provide support for original research that can be used to formulate and to implement conservation plans for the species studied. Funding of approximately US$2,500 is provided on average, with a maximum grant of US$5,000. Closing date: 01 Feb 16  

World Wildlife Fund U.S. -- Reforestation Grants 2016 with funding from the UPS Foundation, WWF’s Russell E.
Train Education for Nature program offers grants for forest landscape restoration. Applications are requested from legally registered local organizations in the following eco-regions: Amazon and Tropical Andes; Borneo and Sumatra; Coastal East Africa; Congo Basin; Eastern Himalayas; Greater Mekong; Madagascar; Mesoamerican Reef; and Namibia. Project budgets should not exceed US$10 thousand. Application deadline: 01 February 2016. 

Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health
Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition, Round 2
The Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health supports the research partnership, "Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions" (IMMANA). IMMANA intends to accelerate the scientific evidence needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population. Most of the fellowships will focus on fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, developing and applying new measurement techniques adapted to the analysis of specific interventions. Eligible applicants will have completed a doctorate in any field related to agriculture, nutrition, and health within three years of the proposed start date. IMMANA strongly encourages applications from female candidates who are citizens of low- and middle-income countries. The deadline for concept notes is 01 February 2016. 

Mullard award
Royal Society
This recognises an individual who has an outstanding academic record in any area of natural science, engineering or technology and whose work is currently making, or has the prospect to make, a contribution to national prosperity in the UK. The award includes a prize of £2,000 and a travel grant of £1,500.Closing date: 01 Feb 16  

Flexible interchange programme
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
This supports the movement of people between different environments to further the exchange of knowledge, technology and skills in the field of bioscience research and the council’s strategic priorities. Approximately 20 awards are available each year. Projects costing up to £150,000 each will be funded at a rate of 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum period of two years. Closing date: 03 Feb 16
Note:Interested applicants are advised to contact iain.thomas@enterprise.cam.ac.uk before applying 

Manufacturing the future: reducing industrial energy demand
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
This supports multidisciplinary collaborative research in order to reduce industrial energy demand. The total budget is worth £4million and the EPSRC expects to fund two or three proposals.  Closing date: 03 Feb 16  

Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards
These awards are designed to: “support talented scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team of sufficient scale to tackle a distinctive research problem. This creates an opportunity for the development and demonstration of research leadership; that is, for the direction of a modest team or group, whose research may significantly change the established landscape in a particular field of inquiry”. Applicants must have held a university post for at least two years but will not yet have developed their academic career such that the trajectory of their research contribution has become firmly established. The University can only submit one application, so this will be handled according to the restricted call process.
Funding available: £800,000-£1 million over 4-5 years – The Trust only funds direct costs and there is no provision for replacement teaching or overhead expenditures. At least 75% of the resources requested must be used to provide funding for research staff (research assistants; postgraduate students). Up to 25% of the research budget can be used for associated costs (for e.g. technical, computing, clerical staff costs; travel and subsistence costs directly related to the research activity; consumables).
Please note the research the Trust does not fund – this includes studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals;  research to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications; policy focused work  and work with an immediate commercial application. Interested applicants should return to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac,uk by 5 February 2016

Research grants
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
The purpose of the scheme is to support research to enhance knowledge of the flora of the British Isles. Grants are typically worth £500 each, with a maximum amount of £1,000. Closing date: 06 Feb 16 (Forecast)

Worldwide small grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
These support short-term conservation and research projects aimed at the preservation of endangered species. Grants are awarded for projects of up to two years duration and are worth between £2,000 and £8,000, although most grants will not exceed £5,000. Closing date: 12 Feb 16 (Forecast) 

Worldwide continuation grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
These support research that is aimed at the preservation of endangered species around the world. Grants are worth between £3,000 and £10,000 per year for a maximum duration of two years. Closing date: 12 Feb 16  

Conservation insight grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
These support projects focusing on endangered species. Grants are worth between £3,000 and £10,000 per year for up to two years. Closing date: 12 Feb 16

Earth observation data integration pilot – 9
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The tenderer will undertake innovative application of remote sensing to forestry management and monitoring. The contract is worth £50,000. Closing date: 12 Feb 16

Engagement fellowships
Wellcome Trust
These aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. Fellowships include salary and salary buyout for up to two years, project costs, training, access to office space and facilities, and opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop projects. Closing date: 12 Feb 16

Satellites to improve agri-food systems
Innovate UK
This aims to stimulate the development and adoption of new technologies and business models based on the innovative use of satellite technology, in order to improve the productivity of the UK food and farming industries and simultaneously address the environmental impacts of increased land use and intensification. The budget for this call is worth up to £3.75 million and grants are worth up to £1m each. Closing date: 17 Feb 16

Arts awards – large projects
Wellcome Trust
These support  the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. Awards range between £40,000 and £150,000 for a maximum period of three years. Closing date: 17 Feb 16  

Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
H2020-BB-2016 bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services – supporting the development of a European bioeconomy, single stage – topics 4, 6
Proposals may address a range of activities under the food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy societal challenges call on H2020-BB-2016 bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services – supporting the development of a European bioeconomy call. Each proposal is expected to receive up to €2 million, although proposals for other amounts are also considered. The indicative budget for this call is €7 million. Closing date: 17 Feb 16  

Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
H2020-BG-2016 call for blue growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities, single stage – topic 1 to 3, 5, 9, 10, 13
Proposals may address a range of activities under the food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy societal challenges call for blue growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities. Each proposal is expected to receive up to €15 million, although proposals for other amounts are also considered. The indicative budget for this call is €74m. Closing date: 17 Feb 16  

Understanding the impacts of the current El Niño event grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These address the need to have a better understanding of the impacts of the current El Niño event in low and middle income countries to increase preparedness and resilience to future events. Small projects will be funded up to £300,000 and last up to 18 months. Approximately 12 small projects will be supported. The total budget is £4 million.
Closing date: 18 Feb 16

Developing an assessment of best available technique reference documents
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The tenderer will develop a framework or methodology for assessing the economic and environmental impacts of the best available technique documents, to help inform the UK negotiating position on each BREF. The contract is worth £250,000 over three years, starting on 1 April 2016. Closing date: 18 Feb 16 

CRASSH funding for Graduate and Faculty Research Groups
The Graduate/Faculty Research Groups programme supports groups of graduate students and faculty members working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest,  bringing together early-career researchers, established academics and guest speakers on particular research topics for a year of collaborative work. Groups range in size from reading groups to full-scale symposia. Experimental forms of engagement are encouraged. Since its inception in 2006, the programme has hosted 43 groups. The programme is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust and in the academic year 2014-15 also by The Energy@Cambridge. We are pleased to announce that the annual competition to apply for funding for the 2016-17 academic year is now open. Deadline to submit application: until 12:00 noon on Friday 22 April 2016

Philip Leverhulme Prizes
There will be up to 30 awards this year. Each award is worth £100,000 over two to three years. Please note the costs which the Trust considers to be ineligible for this award. The University is restricted to three nominations per category, so this will be handled according to the restricted calls process.

Eligible candidates should:

·         have been awarded their PhD in the last ten years by the closing date of 16th May 2016 (i.e. the award has to have been confirmed by 16 May 2006) though a case can be made for significant career breaks;

·         have a permanent post or long-term Fellowship which extends beyond the date of the Leverhulme award.

There are six subject areas which are eligible to apply this year:

·         Archaeology

·         Chemistry

·         Economics

·         Engineering

·         Geography

·         Languages and Literatures

These categories are intentionally broad, and the Trust will consider nominations irrespective of departmental affiliation. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder’s research, with the exception of enhancing salary.

Interested applicants should register their interest by emailing researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 19th Feb 2016 (17:00) stating your name, department and the summary of your proposal (no more than 1 paragraph). Applicants should also state which of the above subject areas they wish to be considered under.

If you have any questions, then please write to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk

Environment and sustainability research grants
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
These support research projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability, including water and development, energy security and urban migration. Four awards, worth £10,000 each, are available. Closing date: 22 Feb 16

Born Free Foundation grant
Primate Society of Great Britain
This primarily supports a primate range state national, working in the field on a project involving endangered primates or human and non-human primate conflict resolution. The award is worth up to £1000. Closing date: 28 Feb 16  
Small grants
Welsh Ornithological Society
These support projects that focus on bird species that are currently declining or threatened in Wales. Grants are worth up to £500 each. Closing date: 28 Feb 16 (Forecast) 

Expedition award
African Bird Club
This award is for larger conservation projects on ornithology in Africa. One award of up to £3,000 is available each year. Closing date: 28 Feb 16 

Postgraduate research funding
Douglas Bomford Trust
This aims to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, competence and capability in the application of engineering and physical science to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and land based and biological activities for the benefit of the environment and mankind. Applications requesting over £1,500 will be considered. Closing date: 01 Mar 16 

Newton mobility grants – Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey
Royal Society
These enable international researchers to undertake short-term visits to the UK and develop networks, research projects and research partnerships with UK scientists in order to develop their skills and knowledge. Grants are worth up to £12,000 each over two years. Closing date: 02 Mar 16 

Environmental Science Impact Programme - Announcement of opportunity
Awards totalling £2·5-£5m are available to research organisations over 5 years to boost impact from NERC environmental science. The Environmental Science Impact Programme (ESIP) is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science. NERC invites research organisations with a strong and substantial portfolio of NERC funded research to apply through ESIP calls for a five year programme of activity with an overall value of between £2·5-£5m.
The ESIP will fund a limited number of highly ambitious programmes that will achieve transformative impact from NERC environmental science research by:
Bringing considerable NERC investment in excellent research within the participating research organisation(s) together with strengths in businesses, policy bodies and other stakeholders particular to their location(s). 
Conducting a coherent programme of high impact, focused, co-designed and co-delivered research translation and innovation activities.
Leveraging benefits and contributions from other sources of funds relevant to the ambition of the proposal.
Creating durable collaborations between the academic and non-academic participants.
Transformative impact will be achieved through the translation of NERC science into actions or policies that improve performance, resilience and sustainability, and support growth. The geographical reach of this impact may range from regional to global, and can include societal and economic benefits, but there must be rea Information days: 20 and 21 January, and February - date to be confirmed. Closing date and time for outline proposals: 16:00 on 3 March 2016
Further information on this call is in this document: Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 119KB)

Arts awards – small to medium-sized projects
Wellcome Trust
These support creative collaborations that stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts, examine the social, cultural and ethical impact of biomedical science, and support formal and informal learning. Awards are worth up to £40,000 each for a maximum period of three years. Closing date: 04 Mar 16

Large grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research projects tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other funding opportunities. Grants are worth between £1.2 million and £3.7m each, for a duration of up to five years.  Closing date: 10 Mar 16 (Forecast)

Early-career fellowships
Leverhulme Trust
These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. Each fellowship provides up to £24,000 per year to cover 50 per cent of the fellow’s total salary costs and may include research expenses of up to £6,000 per year. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but the trust may consider part time requests. Closing date: 10 Mar 16

Research grants
British Ecological Society
These support innovative ecological research and pump-priming projects, and help early-career ecologists to establish an independent research career. Grants for small projects are worth up to £5,000 each, and early-career ecologists’ grants are worth up to £20,000 each. Closing date: 11 Mar 16 (Forecast) 

Knowledge exchange fellowship – aquaculture
Natural Environment Research Council
This supports links between the academics and businesses within the UK aquaculture community and provide expert input and advice to the UK aquaculture network. Fellowships are worth up to £100,000 per year and will be paid pro-rata at 80 per cent full economic cost. Fellowships are tenable for three years. Closing date: 17 Mar 16  

Large grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other funding opportunities from the Natural Environment Research Council. Grants range between £1.2 million and £3.7m at 100 per cent full economic cost, with a duration of up to five years. Closing date: 15 Mar 16 

Environmental risks to infrastructure – knowledge exchange fellowship call
Natural Environment Research Council
This aims to support infrastructure owners, operators, regulators and policy-makers to enable them to access and use environmental science to identify, quantify and manage environmental risks to infrastructure. The award is worth up to £40,000. Closing date: 17 Mar 16 

Knowledge exchange fellowship in marine renewable energy
Natural Environment Research Council
This supports links between the academics and businesses within the UK marine renewable energy community, as well as with relevant regulators and policy makers. Funding up to £40,000 for a maximum period of three years may be requested, and the fellowship will be paid pro-rata at 80 per cent full economic costing in the same way as NERC research fellowships.  Closing date: 17 Mar 16  

Marine management organisation knowledge exchange fellowship – advancing the uptake of scientific research in marine management
Natural Environment Research Council
This aims to review current and recently completed scientific research and consider how this could be used within a governance framework, working with the Marine Management Organisation and other organisations with a stake in ensuring effective management of the marine environment, to advance the uptake of fundamental science into marine management in England. The fellowships will cover salary including superannuation, National Insurance and specific allowances for between one to three years. Additionally up to £40,000 is available for travel, subsistence and events attendance. Closing date: 17 Mar 16 

Environment and sustainability research grants
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
These support research projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability, including water and development, energy security and urban migration. Four awards, worth £9,000 each, are available. Closing date: 20 Mar 16 

Scottish Association for Marine Science
These support research in any marine science subject, especially of relevance to Scotland. Each award is worth up to £1,000. Closing date: 31 Mar 16   
Arctic research station
Natural Environment Research Council
Researchers from the UK and their international collaborators may carry out environmental research relevant to the NERC remit at the Ny-Ålesund station on the Svalbard archipelago. Closing date: 31 Mar 16 (Forecast) 
European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability grant (EIP-Agri)
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
These support projects which link research, farming and forestry practice to encourage innovation and improve productivity and sustainability in the agricultural sector. Grants are worth between £5,000 and £150,000 for up to three years. The total budget is worth £5 million. Closing date: 31 Mar 16  
Innovation grant
British Society of Soil Science
This grant is to help teachers develop creative and innovative ways of incorporating soil science into lessons. The grant is worth up to £500. Closing date: 01 Apr 16  
Field equipment grant
British Society of Soil Science
This grant is designed to enable institutions to buy field equipment to aid in the instruction and understanding of soil science. Grants are worth up to £1,000. Closing date: 01 Apr 16  

Medical humanities research bursaries
Wellcome Trust
These support small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the trust. Bursaries are usually worth between £5,000 and £25,000, depending on the duration of research. Closing date: 01 Apr 16 (Forecast)

Field equipment grant
British Society of Soil Science
This grant is designed to enable institutions to buy field equipment to aid in the instruction and understanding of soil science. Grants are worth up to £1,000. Closing date: 01 Apr 16

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Tusk conservation awards
Tusk Trust
*** The Tusk Trust has extended the deadline for nominations for  its Tusk conservation awards. The deadline has been extended from 6 February to 10 April 2015. All other call details remain unchanged. These recognise inspirational conservation work in Africa, ranging from the protection of endangered species and threatened habitat to the promotion of environmental education and the development of community driven conservation. Winners receive a grant to further their work. *** Closing date: 10 Apr 16 (Forecast) 

Research seminars and strategic network competition
Economic and Social Research Council
This supports the hosting of research seminars and strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academics users from different organisations. A total of 20 seminar series grants, worth up to £30,000 each, are available over two to three years. A total of four strategic network grants, worth up to £100,000 each at 100 per cent economic cost, are available for up to one year. Closing date: 08 Apr 16  

Collaboration fund 
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes 
This aims to support locally relevant advancements in the sustainable management of forests. Funding is worth up to CHF40,000 over a maximum of two years. Closing date: 12 Apr 16 (Forecast) 

UK-India clean-tech, affordable healthcare and ICT – collaborative R&D
Innovate UK
Funding supports industrial, collaborative R&D projects that demonstrate new solutions to challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of India, in relation to its clean-tech, healthcare and ICT sectors. The total budget is worth up to £2.5 million. Each project may receive between £350,000 and £450,000 over a maximum period of two years. Closing date: 13 Apr 16

Environmental challenge
Reed Elsevier
This encourages proposals outlining innovative ideas that advance access to safe water or sanitation where access is presently at risk. Two prizes are available, with first prize worth US$50,000 and second prize worth US$25,000. Funds must be used to launch, sustain or effectuate the proposed project. Closing date: 14 Apr 16 (Forecast) 

World habitat awards
Building and Social Housing Foundation
These support projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. Two awards, each worth £10,000, are available. Closing date: 29 Apr 16 

Transnational call in maritime technologies
ERA-Net MARTEC II
This supports collaborative research projects aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology and products, in order to improve European competitiveness and to address major societal needs. Funding is available for projects lasting a maximum of 36 months. Each country funds his participants and the form of reimbursement can vary from country to country. Closing date: 29 Apr 16 (Forecast)

Academic research grants
Chesshire Lehmann Fund
These enable community groups, non-profit organisations, researchers and academic institutions to collaborate in order to monitor and evaluate work in relation to fuel poverty. Grants are worth up to £5,000 each. Closing date: 01 May 16 (Forecast)

COMING SOON: BBSRC enterprise fellowships
Royal Society of Edinburgh

*** The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, will shortly be inviting applications for the BBSRC enterprise fellowships. The next deadline will be 4 May 2016, and more information is expected to be released shortly. The following call details are from the previous round, and are subject to change. These fellowships enable an individual to advance the commercialisation of existing research and outcomes or technological developments, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills, with the objective to increase exploitation of ideas with commercial potential from BBSRC-funded research programmes. ***Closing date: 04 May 16 

Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
H2020-SC5-2016 greening the economy, topics 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23, 25 27 and 28 – single stage
Proposals may address a variety of topics within climate services and environmental management. Each successful proposal is expected to receive between €50,000 and €10 million. The indicative budget for this call is €82.55 million. Closing date: 08 Mar 16 

Research grants
British Ecological Society
These support innovative ecological research and pump-priming projects, and help early-career ecologists to establish an independent research career. Grants for small projects are worth up to £5,000 each, and early-career ecologists’ grants are worth up to £20,000 each. Closing date: 11 Mar 16 (Forecast)

Visiting professorships
Leverhulme Trust
These enable UK institutions to host eminent researchers from overseas, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Funding covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs and supports visits that last between three and 12 months. Travel within the UK, laboratory consumables and essential technical assistance may also be covered.  (Arts and Humanities; Agriculture; Food Science; Social Sciences; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Soil Sciences) Closing date: 12 May 16 

Sustainable Society Network+ pilot studies and challenge fellowships
Imperial College London
These aim to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas in line with the network’s theme of applying digital technology to create a sustainable society. Approximately £50,000 is available to fund several pilot studies of up to £10,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum period of three months. In addition, 30 per cent of the total network pilot funding is prioritised for the challenge fellowships over a three-year period. Closing date: 14 May 16 (Forecast)

Large grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other funding opportunities from the Natural Environment Research Council. Grants range between £1.2 million and £3.7m at 100 per cent full economic cost, with a duration of up to five years. Closing date: 15 Mar 16 

COMING SOON: Call for proposals on monitoring and mitigation of greenhouse gases from agri- and silvi-culture
ERA-GAS

*** ERA-GAS will shortly be inviting proposals for its call for proposals on monitoring and mitigation of greenhouse gases from agri- and silvi-culture. This call is expected to be open between 1 March and 15 May 2016. The following information is subject to change. This aims to strengthen the transnational coordination of research programmes and provide added value to research and innovation on greenhouse gas mitigation in the European research area. The indicative total budget is worth €14.5 million. ***Closing date: 15 May 16 (Forecast)

Junior professorship for sustainable use of renewable natural resources
Robert Bosch Stiftung
The professorship seeks to support a young outstanding scientist and to contribute to a better standing of the emerging field of sustainability science in Germany. Up to €1 million is available for independent research over five years at a German research institution or university. Closing date: 18 May 16 (Forecast)

Postgraduate bursaries
Royal Photographic Society
These enable postgraduate students to undertake study or research in photography, including digital and traditional photographic media, the art and science of photography and image-based written work or research. The bursary is worth £3,500. Closing date: 29 Jun 16 (Forecast)

Wellcome image awards
Wellcome Trust
These celebrate science imaging talent and techniques by recognising high quality imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare. Finalists and the overall winner will receive a monetary prize. The winning images will also go on display in science centres and public galleries across the UK. Closing date: 30 Sep 16 (Forecast)

Birdfair/RSPB research fund for endangered birds
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
These enable researchers to undertake key projects on birds listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources as endangered, critically endangered or data-deficient. Grants of up to US$2,000 are available.  Closing date: 30 Sep 16 (Forecast)

Talks and Events

Internal

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Guiseppe Feola Between Change And Continuity: Peasant Institutions And Cultural Models In The Colombian Andes
Guiseppe Feola
Political Ecology Group meetings
13:00 - 14:00 Seminar Room, Dept of Geography 

Monday 25 January 2016

Invisible Gardeners? The Role Of Scottish Botanic Gardeners In Knowledge Creation And Exchange In The Late Eighteenth And Early Nineteenth Century
Clare Hickman (University of Chester), Cabinet of Natural History
13:00 - 14:15 Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of SciencE 

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Cser And The Leverhulme Cfi: How, What And Where Next
Huw Price (Faculty of Philosophy)CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar
13:00 - 14:30 Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science 

Remodeling Root Cells For Am Symbiosis’
Maria Harrison, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Sainsbury Laboratory Seminars
16:00 - 17:00 Auditorium of The Sainsbury Laboratory (Bateman Street) 

Science Policy And Expertise
Rob Doubleday, Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge
Cambridge Conservation Seminars
17:00 - 18:00 Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building 

Wednesday 03 February 2016

A Fossil Feast: 31 December 1853, Sydenham Park, London
Dr Becky Lewis, Assistant Professor Emerita University of South Carolina; Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College
This talk is open to the public and may be podcast
Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term
13:00 - 14:00 Combination Room, Wolfson College 

Reclaiming Sustainability - A Talk Based On The Book ‘Sustainability: A Cultural History’, By Ulrich Grober
Ray Cunningham
Global Sustainability Institute Seminars & Events
13:00 - 14:00 Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 027), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 

Managing Tropical Agriculture To Minimise Biodiversity Loss
David Edwards, Dept. of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield
Cambridge Conservation Seminars
17:00 - 18:00 Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building 

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Polar Upper Ocean Dynamics: Waves, Eddies, Turbulence, Spectra, Modelling
Prof. Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown University
If external to BAS, please email the organiser in advance to gain access to the building
British Antarctic Survey - Polar Oceans seminar series
11:00 - 12:00 British Antarctic Survey, Room 30

Bats And Emerging Infectious Diseases: Conflicting Priorities Between Conservation And Public Health?
James Wood, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Conservation Seminars
17:00 - 18:00 Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building 

Thursday 11 February 2016

Cities And The Anthropocene
Professor Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick
Department of Geography - main Departmental seminar series
16:15 - 18:00 Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Site 

Friday 12 February 2016

Are We Tackling The Causes Of Global Warming Effectively?
Sir David King (Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change)
Coffee with Scientists
15:30 - 17:00 CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Sustainability In Performing Arts: “So Shines A Good Deed In A Naughty World”
James Phillips, Global Sustainability Institute
Global Sustainability Institute Seminars & Events
Wednesday 17 February 2016, 13:00 - 14:00 Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 006), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 

Hot Dogs: Understanding Climate Change Impacts In A Tropical Mammal
Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology, London
Cambridge Conservation Seminars
17:00 - 18:00 Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building 

Thursday 18 February 2016

Was Geology The First Science To Inject History Into The Natural World?
Martin Rudwick (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science
15:30 - 17:00 Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science 

Friday 19 February 2016

Did The Earth Sciences Have A 20th-Century Revolution?
Martin Rudwick (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Coffee with Scientists
15:30 - 17:00 Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science 

Monday 22 February 2016

Reviving The Royal Society In The Early Eighteenth Century
Alice Marples (King's College London) Cabinet of Natural History
13:00 - 14:15 Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science 

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Why Are Slow Lorises Venomous And Will This Help Or Hinder Their Conservation?
Anna Nekaris, Primate Conservation, Oxford Brooks University
Cambridge Conservation Seminars
17:00 - 18:00 Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building 

Thursday 25 February 2016

Cunning, Killer Orchids
Jim Endersby (University of Sussex)
Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science
15:30 - 17:00 Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science 

Friday 26 February 2016

Games Animals Play
Professor Nick Davies, University of Cambridge
Darwin College Lecture Series
17:30 - 18:30 LMH, Lady Mitchell Hall 

Monday 29 February 2016

Locating Indigenous Knowledge In The Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (1648)
Mariana Françozo (Leiden University)
Cabinet of Natural History
13:00 - 14:15 Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

8th, 9th and 10th March 2016

Paul Ferraro, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies hosted by CRASSH and UCCRI

Tuesday 8th March, 5pm, Public Lecture, 5pm, David Attenborough Building - 'Environmental problems are human problems: Insights from the behavioural sciences'

Wednesday 9th March, 5pm, David Attenborough Building - 'Impact Evaluation of Protected Areas: what do we know about impacts, moderators and mechanisms?'

Friday 11th March, 2pm - 5pm, David Attenborough Building

All three events are free but require booking

Student Conference on Conservation Science: Cambridge, UK on 22-24 March 2016
The conference series aims to bring together conservation scientists in the early stages of their research careers.  SCCS also uses its location in Cambridge to build firm links between the new generation of conservation scientists and the many national and international conservation agencies based nearby. The conference has an internship scheme, which is available for conference delegates from developing and eastern European countries.  This scheme enables student delegates to spend up to one month after the conference with a UK-based NGO or university department carrying out a conservation-related project of mutual interest.  Internship applicants are required to submit their application by 16 October 2015.Please note that the internship period will begin on Good Friday 25 March 2016.The closing date for applications to the conference is 23 October 2015 at 10:00 GMT. 

External

What’s killing the killer whales
9th February, 6pm, ZSL

Symposium: One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing
Symposium 17th to 19th March This symposium will bring together leading experts from different fields to discuss the topic 'Healthy ecosystems, healthy people'. 

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case
10th June 2016, Royal Society London

Research Papers

Cambridge

Precolonial institutions and deforestation in Africa (Feature at the university News: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/traditional-authority-linked-to-rates-of-deforestation-in-africa)

Networking Our Way to Better Ecosystem Service Provision

Citizen science: a new approach to advance ecology, education, and conservation

Fencing elephants: The hidden politics of wildlife fencing in Laikipia, Kenya

The lost narrative: Ecosystem service narratives and the missing Wasatch watershed conservation story

Not all low-carbon energy pathways are environmentally "no-regrets" options

Tropical montane cloud forest: environmental drivers of vegetation structure and ecosystem function

Network analysis of host-virus communities in bats and rodents reveals determinants of cross-species transmission

An auditory feature detection circuit for sound pattern recognition

Geophysical constraints on the dynamics and retreat of the Barents Sea ice sheet as a paleobenchmark for models of marine ice sheet deglaciation

External

A global assessment of current and future biodiversity vulnerability to habitat loss–climate change interactions

Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Work on Climate Change and Public Health

Achieving positive social outcomes through participatory urban wildlife conservation projects

Biodiversity trends within the Holocene

A transdisciplinary account of water research

Ecocultural Conversations: Bridging the Human-Nature Divide through Connective Communication Practices

Biodiversity risks of adopting resilience as a policy goal

A review of the current state of research on the water, energy, and food nexus

Environmental citizenship: What can political theory contribute to environmental education practice?
Satellite remote sensing to monitor species diversity: potential pitfalls

Reduction of disparities in access to green spaces: Their geographic insertion and recreational functions matter

Animal Life and the Moving Image

Meanings and implications of culture in sustainability education research

Nature by Default in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Contributions of sustainability science to the study of environmental health problems

Socioecological drivers facilitating biodiversity conservation in traditional farming landscapes

A holistic framework for identifying human wellbeing indicators for marine policy

Crab biodiversity under different management schemes of mangrove ecosystems

Positioning of remotely sensed spectral heterogeneity in the framework of life cycle impact assessment on biodiversity

Internalization of Environmental Practices and Institutional Complexity: Can Stakeholders Pressures Encourage Greenwashing?

Analyzing crop change scenario with the SmartScape™ spatial decision support system

Informing Community Engagement in Sea Turtle Conservation by Examining Non-Conservation-Related Participation in Northeast Brazil

Identifying psychological factors that determine cattle farmers' intention to use improved natural grassland

Drivers of food waste and their implications for sustainable policy development

Strategies for Public Engagement on Environmental Matters: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but Can You Make It Drink?

Nudging - a promising tool for sustainable consumption behaviour?

Healthy people with nature in mind

ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context

Ecological Knowledge Among Communities, Managers and Scientists: Bridging Divergent Perspectives to Improve Forest Management Outcomes

News

Funded PhD Opportunity

What are the conservation and livelihood impacts of wildlife farming? Illegal wildlife trade remains a leading threat to global biodiversity. Wildlife farming (also known as captive breeding, ranching, cultivation, aquaculture) is an often proposed strategy through which to reduce pressures on wild populations, while continuing to satisfy consumer demand with legal, sustainably farmed alternatives. However, wildlife farming has been subject to little scrutiny, and experiences to date seem to have yielded mixed conservation and livelihood outcomes. Related debates are increasingly contentious, and at the forefront of global fora (e.g., CITES Standing Committee 66). To enable more evidence-based decision-making, this research will explore the impacts of wildlife farming on (a) biodiversity conservation, particularly harvesting of targeted wild populations, (b) other species (e.g., feedstocks), (c) broader habitats (e.g., rangelands for ranched taxa), and (d) local community livelihoods and rights. Research will involve both meta-analysis of diverse taxa of flora and fauna, as well as field-based research on target species (e.g., Panthera tigris, Andrias davidianus, Orchidaceae, Ursus thibetanus, Salmo salar, Pecari tajacu). The PhD will be co-supervised by Jacob Phelps (Lancaster) Luke Parry (Lancaster) and Duan Biggs (Queensland). Who should apply: We are seeking applications from UK, EU and international candidates with a Masters degree in a relevant field. Candidates should have a demonstrated interested in conservation, experience with quantitative methods, and an interest in expanding their quantitative social science skills and engaging in policy dialogues. Candidates should ideally have experience writing scientific publications and with field research in the tropics. Deadline: 14 Feb. 2016. Contact Jacob Phelps (j.phelps@lancaster.ac.uk) with expressions of interest, prior to the deadline.

For graduates and junior researchers: Summer Teaching Opportunities in Cambridge 

Oxbridge Academic Programs leads two academic summer programs in Cambridge – The Cambridge Tradition, held in Jesus College, and The Cambridge Prep, held in Peterhouse. The programs, which take place during July, are well-established (est. 1995) and academically rigorous. A variety of courses is offered on in the humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, as well as the creative arts. Oxbridge is seeking teachers in all of these areas. These are paid positions. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, PhD). For additional information on the positions and the programs, including a complete list of courses offered, visit: www.oxbridgeprograms.com/employment. To apply, email a CV and a covering letter to: Justin Bangs, Associate Director of Faculty, justin@oxbridgeprograms.com. The deadline to apply is Monday 8 February 2016. Interviews will be held in Peterhouse during early March 2016.

Steps Centre Summer School
The fifth annual Summer School takes place on 16-27 May 2016 at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UKThe Summer School brings together highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

Research and storytelling: Putting the “I” back in Science

Tropical forest protected areas can protect biodiversity

Marine Climate Change Impacts

2016 is the International Year of Pulses

Key lessons on using social surveys within interdisciplinary research

New framework sheds light on how, not if, climate change affects cold-blooded animals

World fisheries in crisis

The Key to Achieving the SDGs? Transform the Global Goals Into Local Goals

Cities and the Sustainable Development Goals

FAO Provides Guidance on Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production
GFFA 2016 Highlights Agriculture and Food Security for SDGs, Climate
Self healing concrete

Timely action needed to meet climate targets

If you have any events or news items you would like to add to this newsletter please send by email to: uccri-administrator@conservation.cam.ac.uk

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