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This is a call for multilateral collaborative research proposals through UK-Latin American (LATAM) applications that focus on understanding the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services for sustainable development.

NERC in collaboration with the Argentine National Scientific & Technical Research Council (CONICET), the Brazilian São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the Chilean National Commission for Scientific & Technological Research (CONICYT), the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology, & Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC), are inviting proposals under the Latin American Biodiversity Programme.

This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund and led by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


The Latin American Biodiversity Programme aims to provide trans-regional level understanding of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and the services they provide in managing environments for sustainable development.

Research proposals are invited on four thematic areas identified by the funders:

  • Understanding habitats and species.
  • Biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and bio-economy.
  • Global climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • Maintaining and restoring natural capital.


The call is only open to joint UK-Latin American (LATAM) applications. All proposals will be required to have a UK principal investigator, in addition to principal investigators from at least two participating LATAM partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile or Peru).

Funding Level

Up to four grants sharing a total of up to £4·5 million for eligible UK based researchers, with the relevant LATAM funding agency supporting the LATAM researcher effort. Projects can have a maximum duration of 36 months.


For more information on funding details and match-making assistance available see the NERC website.



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