The PCAN Fund is an integral part of the Place-Based Climate Action Network. The aim of the fund is to stimulate engagement on place-based action beyond the five platforms. It provides small grants to researchers and research users, thus opening the Network to a wider community.

The main features of the PCAN Fund are:

  • The fund has a total budget of £400,000 over five years.
  • The aspiration is to award 20-30 grants in total, implying an average grant size of £20,000. The maximum grant size is £35,000.
  • Most grants will be awarded under open calls (that is, any proposals that are relevant to the objectives of PCAN) but there is also the possibility of directed calls (that is, proposals on specific topics identified by PCAN stakeholders).

Applications can be made under 5 headings:

  • impact grants (e.g., co-production of decision-relevant knowledge)
  • engagement grants (e.g., events, secondments, campaigns)
  • research grants (aimed preferentially at early career researchers)
  • training grants (e.g. skill development)
  • innovation grants (e.g. seed-funding for new initiatives or products)

There will be four funding rounds. The first and last rounds (2019 and 2022) are for £75,000 (3-6 projects) each; the 2020 and 2021 rounds are for £125,000 (5–10 projects) each.

Projects will typically last for 12 – 18 months, and we expect the pre-grant process to take about 6 months from advertising to project start.

Read the news story about the first PCAN Fund recipients here. A list of the successful projects is in the downloads below.

The next round of the PCAN Fund will open in April 2020.