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Future of UK Treescapes programme – call for proposals

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UKRI (AHRC, NERC and ESRC) invite proposals for grants as part of the Future of UK Treescapes programme.

The call will support grants that address one or more of the programme’s themes:

  • Theme 1: Forms, functions and values of UK Treescapes
  • Theme 2: Opportunities, barriers and pathways for expansion of UK Treescapes
  • Theme 3: Resilience of UK Treescapes to global change

Proposals must take an interdisciplinary approach bringing together arts and humanities researchers, environmental scientists, social scientists and, economists to form substantial research collaborations. Proposals that only involve collaboration between researchers within the remit of a single research council are out of scope.

Proposals can request up to £2m (80% FEC) over 36 months. The funders anticipate supporting up to six projects.

All projects must start by 1 August 2021.


Standard eligibility rules apply but, in addition, collaborations with Forest Research (FR) are permitted under this call. If such a collaboration is recommended for funding, Defra, Welsh Government and Scottish Government will fund the FR component whilst NERC, AHRC and ESRC will fund the other, eligible organisations. See the Announcement of Opportunity for how to apply with FR collaborators.

There is up to £10m available from NERC, AHRC and ESRC for this call with additional funding from Defra, Welsh Government and Scottish Government for FR collaborations.

Programme overview

The Future of UK Treescapes programme seeks to significantly improve the environmental, socio-economic and cultural understanding of the functions and services provided by UK treescapes, in order to inform decision-making on the expansion of future treescapes for the benefits of the environment and society.

The programme will bring new understanding of the treescapes in the UK with respect to

  1. the type and extent of these treescapes and the functions and services they provide for the environment and to society;
  2. their vulnerability and adaptive capacities given current and future environmental change; and
  3. plausible social, economic, cultural, technological and environmental pathways to enhance the extent, quality and adaptive capacity of these treescapes for the benefits of the environment and society.

For more information please see: Future of UK Treescapes

AHRC Treescapes Workshop

AHRC will be holding an online workshop in late-September 2020 to provide an introduction to the programme and to investigate how the arts and humanities research community can respond to stakeholder needs with specific reference to the Treescapes programme.

Further details of the event will be released in the near future. If you are interested in hearing more about the event please complete the short contact form (link below) giving your contact details and we will be in touch when the date/programme is finalised.

Treescapes Workshop Contact Form

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 08/12/2020

Call opens: 27 August 2020
Call closes: 8 December 2020, 16:00

How to make an application

Further Information

Read about the Future of UK Treescapes on the NERC website.


For general enquiries relating to this call, please contact the Programme Secretariat team:  uktreescapes@nerc.ukri.org

For any enquiries relating to the AHRC workshop or arts and humanities representations in the call, please email: HEH@ahrc.ukri.org 

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