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UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator
UK Research & Innovation invites proposals to be the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator. Up to £150k (at 80% FEC) is available for this initial grant to engage with the full spectrum of interdisciplinary research and stakeholder communities and design a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available at the second stage for the Coordinator to lead the integration Hub.
The initial £150k grant will be used by the Coordinator to build an interdisciplinary community to develop the proposal for the Hub, as well as engaging in relevant knowledge exchange and coordination activities. Funds can be requested for the Coordinator’s time, and to fund networking activities, workshops and general admin support during this period. UKRI welcomes and encourages applications led by and involving any discipline – and not only disciplines within EPSRC’s remit.
The successful Coordinator will then submit a subsequent proposal for the interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available for up to 3 years, 9 months from 1 January 2021.
The UK has potential to grow and prosper sustainably by transitioning to a more circular economy, where resources are processed with sustainability, waste minimisation and efficiency in mind, and where product lifecycles are optimised to generate more economic and social value before recycling and/or reuse. However, this transition requires clear, evidence-based, implementation pathways, with broad underpinning research evidence. It must provide not only technical, technological and scientific advances, but also the social, behavioural, cultural, ethical, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory understanding required to support a successful transition.
To address this, the £30 million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Interdisciplinary Circular Economy programme will be delivered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Innovate UK. This fund will support the creation of up to 5 interdisciplinary research centres