Apply for funding to conduct international and interdisciplinary research on participatory and culturally-appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.
This funding opportunity aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change, owing to both physical and socioeconomic vulnerability.
- The research must focus on participatory and contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation mitigation and adaptation responses to at least 2 of the 8 representative key risks of climate change highlighted in the Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
- Risks to low-lying coastal socio-ecological systems
- Risks to terrestrial and ocean ecosystems
- Risks associated with critical physical infrastructure, networks and services
- Risks to living standards
- Risks to human health
- Risks to food security
- Risks to water security
- Risks to peace and to human mobility
- Projects must focus on responding to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change, such as:
- Communities in low and middle-income countries or Indigenous territories
- Groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social or economic circumstances.
- This opportunity will fund international consortia of researchers.
- UKRI will fund the UK components of successful projects and is making a total of £3 million available for the funding opportunity. Please note that this amount may increase.
- The full economic cost of your project can be up to £500,000. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost.
What they’re looking for
- This funding opportunity aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups. Vulnerable groups are those currently most impacted by the effects of climate change, owing to both:
- Physical vulnerability: heightened exposure to events related to climate change or poor infrastructure
- Socioeconomic vulnerability: limited resources to prepare or respond to the impacts of climate change, including knowledge, technology or financial resources, or owing to conflict, security and fragility
- The opportunity is supporting international teams to conduct research that is both:
- Interdisciplinary: integrating information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts or theories from 2 or more disciplines or bodies of specialised knowledge
- Trans-sectoral: involving the academic, research, economic (businesses), societal (governmental and non-governmental) organisations, and community sectors, as appropriate
- International project teams must be interdisciplinary, incorporating expertise from across disciplines, as appropriate, to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies, and including expertise in the social sciences or humanities to address enabling factors such as:
- Effective governance
- Community capacity
- Geopolitical and economic security
- Proposals may only be submitted by Research Organisations who are eligible to apply to UKRI. This includes:
- Higher Education Institutions (HEI) that are directly funded or research by Education Funding Councils (HEFCs) in England (Research England), Scotland (SHEFC) and Wales (HEFCW), and Northern Ireland (DFE)
- Independent Research Organisations that have received recognition to apply to the Research Councils.
For more information, visit UKRI.