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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Finance for Biodiversity (F4B) are collaborating to engage the wider academic research community and resources within that community with the developing process of the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). NERC will be supporting key research needs relevant to the priorities identified so far by TNFD and to inform through interdisciplinary and robust research evidence the development of TNFD process and activities. With a proposed duration of 3-4 months and a maximum budget of £50,000 each (at 80% FEC), these agile grants for evidence synthesis projects, feasibility, or scoping studies and/or pilot research projects that may lead to longer-term projects and for building networks.

Proposals are sought which address the three emerging TFND workstreams below:

Financing the transition to an inclusive, sustainable, healthy food system

An urgent need for internalisation of nature is likely to widely impact production methods, changing asset prices (including land) and impacting employment and the availability of affordable nutrition, with positive and negative cascade effects over the entire food system.

Integrated Climate-Nature Transition Risk Framework

Research is required to build on the experience of climate transition pathways and initial work on nature positive linked financial risk assessment to invent, conceptualise and develop a framework on solid theoretical building blocks, with considered practical application for the policy, regulatory and financial communities.

Future of Nature Markets

We must develop and initiate ways to catalyse ‘’nature markets” that correctly value nature, enable economic value to be created from nature on a sustainable basis, and are aligned to nature positive goals and outcomes.

Submission deadline is 23:59 BST November 7, 2021

After submission, all proposals will be reviewed against the enclosed set of criteria. Decisions regarding finalists will be made the week of Nov 22, 2021. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, these finalists will then pitch their projects to a multi-sector panel of experts in early December (exact dates to be finalised), who will challenge the scope and approach of the proposal to help refine the pitches. Final award decisions will be made 1-2 weeks later by mid-December (exact dates to be finalised), contingent on the incorporation of feedback presented by panellists. Final grant dispersal planned for February (exact dates to be finalised).

Download the proposal below for more details on proposal context and eligibility.

NERC F4B Nature Finance Seedcorn Grants - Call For Proposals
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Any questions should be directed to:

Sage Melcer (sage.melcer@f4b-initiative.net)

Felipe Posada (felipe.posada@f4b-initiative.net) NERC pcd@nerc.ukri.org