The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting ideas for scientific advances that will, over time, contribute to addressing some of these major challenges of the 21st century.
The organisation has said that it is seeking ideas that will benefit natural resources, add resilience to environmental hazards and managing environmental change.
The ideas will be used to inform the development of new strategic research investments through either highlight topics (HTs) or strategic programme areas (SPAs).
The NERC has said that ideas can be sent any time and can come from any individual or group, and any part of the environmental science community (including researchers and those who use environmental science research). Ideas must be submitted using the template provided for either highlight topics or strategic programme areas; this should be up to two sides of A4 written in language that is clear to a broad section of the NERC community.
The NERC has said that once an idea is sent to it, the proposer relinquishes ownership of that idea and transfers it to NERC. NERC may choose to publish or share material received.