The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is offering funding to explore the role of environmental quality in the human health benefits of connecting with nature.
- an existing network of researchers and practitioners working on links between the environment, health and wellbeing, and health equity
- eligible for UKRI funding.
- connect environmental scientists with wider ‘nature-connectedness’ disciplines and practitioners
- explore how environmental science methods, approaches and datasets can be part of mixed-methods approaches
- increase understanding of how to make use of natural assets to address health inequalities.
- facilitate greater engagement of environmental scientists with wider disciplines and practitioners in the area of ‘environment, health and wellbeing, and health equity’
- explore how methods, approaches and datasets from the environmental sciences (for example, concepts of non-linearity and multiple scales, longitudinal datasets of environmental change) can be incorporated into mixed-methods approaches to investigate the role of ‘ecological quality of the environment’ in:
- health and wellbeing
- health equity
- environmental benefits of interventions and strategies to connect people with nature
- provide foundations for understanding how best to mobilise natural assets to address health inequalities, whilst also securing environmental benefits of interventions and strategies.
- explore advances in different fields
- build partnerships
- develop collaborative ideas for methodological advances.
- Up to £250,000 at 80% of full economic cost (FEC) (£312,500 at 100% FEC) is available to support a single project.
- The project should aim to commence in November 2021, holding the collaboration activities and disbursing funds for the proof of concept studies before March 2022. Proof-of-concept studies may continue up to six months beyond the end of the grant.
- approved UK higher education institutions
- approved research council institutes
- independent research organisations
- public sector research establishments.
For more information, visit https://beta.ukri.org/opportunity/role-of-environment-in-health-benefits-of-connecting-with-nature/