Announcement of Opportunity: Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications to address the objectives of the new Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR) research programme. The £12.4m SMMR programme will be jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of UKRI, and in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Marine Scotland.

This programme aims to improve understanding of sustainable societal, behavioural and economic benefits through better management of UK marine resources, and integrate this into systems-based approaches that support the development and analysis of interventions and inform effective decision-making for marine management and policy. At the same time, the programme will achieve an enduring step change in the capability of the marine transdisciplinary research community to work more closely with stakeholders, including policy makers, industry, and the public.

To help with partnership development, the SMMR programme has introduced a facilitation process that will be led by the SMMR Champions, to support interdisciplinary and stakeholder connections.  

Applicants must submit a Notification of Intent. The purpose of this stage is to help estimate the number of potential submissions, identify thematic areas being addressed and enable the Champions to facilitate interdisciplinary and stakeholder connections.

Notification of Intent closing date: 12:00 on 12 June 2020

Proposal closing date: 16:00 on 6 October 2020