2013 ESPA International Interdisciplinary Research Grants

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The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation(ESPA) grants provides an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to add significant value to the ESPA programme. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) invites applications into one of three research themes, i.e. sustainable, ecosystem-based pathways out of poverty; ecosystem services and the urban environment; and building on ESPA success. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of between 24 and 30 months, with an expected start date between 1 September 2013 and 1 November 2013..  Three organisations – NERC, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DfID) – have joined forces for a multi-disciplinary £40·5m research programme on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA).The ESPA 2013 call has been designed to enhance the academic and development impact of the ESPA programme by filling significant gaps in the ESPA portfolio and, where possible, capturing emerging opportunities. The call provides an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to add significant value to the ESPA programme by filling important research, knowledge and evidence gaps that have been identified. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) invites applications into one of three research themes for empirical, inter-/multi-disciplinary projects that are addressing a range of ecosystem services and associated benefits, and are linked to a multi-dimensional analysis of poverty and the ways that poor people can move out of poverty. It is a requirement of all ESPA-funded projects to deliver research excellence with impact. ESPA is an international research programme providing evidence of how ecosystem services can be used sustainably to support well-being and sustainable poverty alleviation among poor people in developing countries.. This scholarship is available for pursuing research progrram.
The research areas of this scholarship are: The three research themes are: -Sustainable, ecosystem-based pathways out of poverty -Ecosystem services and the urban environment -Building on ESPA success.
Who can apply to this scholarship? There are no other restrictions on where researchers are located or their nationality.  Similarly, there are no geographic restrictions on where research institutions are based, as long as they meet the administrative eligibility requirements for funding.
· Projects will be required to consider the relevant range of the (multiple) dimensions of poverty and of multiple ecosystem services to ensure that the solutions are sustainable over the medium term (decades). Choices about which dimensions to consider must take account of relevant environmental, demographic, technological and societal changes.
· Projects must work at relevant scales, which will be set in each context by the drivers of poverty (including relevant institutions and socio
· political drivers) and ecosystem service management.
· ESPA research needs to consider the use of all kinds of knowledge: local, indigenous and scientific. Applicants should consider their respective strengths, weaknesses, overlaps and contradictions when developing their proposals for ESPA
· 2013 projects.
· Proposals will need to describe what their projects will do (if funded) to ensure that poor people living in low
· income countries benefit from their research as part of their Case for Support and Pathway to Impact statement.
Benefits of the scholarship: There is a budget of up £4m available for this call, for grants in the range of £200,000 to £500,000.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of between 24 and 30 months, with an expected start date between 1 September 2013 and 1 November 2013.
Number of scholarships: Not provided

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