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A UK research institute seeks a lead partner for H2020-SC5-23-201, Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote nature-based solutions call. The research institute can contribute expertise in science policy interface, water and related policies, market research, organising workshops and international collaboration. A research partnership is envisioned.
The research institute is interested in joining an existing consortium for H2020-SC5-23-2019 call: Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote nature-based solutions to societal challenges, closing 4 September 2019. The project duration is four years and aims develop and consolidate an effective and self-sustainable EU community of innovators and practitioners and think-and-do-tanks to promote the design, development, replication and upscaling of nature-based solutions at the European and global scale.
The research institute will contribute expertise in the following subsets of this call:
• “identify specific domains and priorities where further research and innovation is needed for marketable nature-based solutions”; The institute can support or lead work to identify barriers and information gaps that are preventing identification and delivery of ‘marketable NBS'.
• “establish NBS hubs and organize communication and outreach campaigns and regular events in all Member States, involving, as appropriate, international networks and environmental communicators and targeting all relevant stakeholders involved, including the scientific community, in the overall NBS value chain”; The institute can support work to identify and involve appropriate stakeholders by drawing on its existing networks and contacts. If relevant it could also organise a science-policy workshop at UK or Scottish level, to support co-production of guidelines or other outputs relevant to promoting nature-based solutions.
• “assist the European Commission in organizing science-policy workshops and drafting briefings and contributions to EU policies related to nature, environment, climate, water, etc. Appropriate links with other relevant policy platforms such as Climate-ADAPT and BISE should be ensured;” The institute could assist with designing and/or evaluating these initiatives, in order to help understand that best means of building engagement.
• “develop guidelines for practitioners with state-of-the-art NBS design practices, protocols and standards”; The institute can draw on its existing NBS expertise, and its existing policy expertise, to help the design of guidelines. It would be interested designing a framework to aid self-evaluation and updating of plans to use knowledge and deliver impact.
• “promote international cooperation with key strategic international partners”; The institute can enable cooperation via our pre-existing and relevant contacts with a variety of with international partners outside of Europe, including in some of the priority regions (e.g. in the CELAC region) cited in footnote 6 in this call. It would also be interested to appraise if and how the needs and hence design of a platform may differ if taking an international perspective versus a European perspective.
The institute seeks partners that would take on the other tasks listed in the call and the consortium coordination responsibilities.
Institute staff involved in the project are social scientists and are already experienced in working in and successfully delivering other Horizon 2020 and international projects.
EOI Deadline: 30 August 2019
The institute is home to social and biophysical scientists working in transdisciplinary research. It collaborates with partners in Europe and beyond and connect research and policy and deliver objective, robust and transdisciplinary research. It offers to provide expert opinion to support the development and implementation of national policies and can provide evidence in large range of topics such as ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate change, rural economy, land use, water and biodiversity.
In previous international projects, the institute provided draft policy guidelines for practitioners for a territorial development to integrate green infrastructure in spatial planning. Its expertise can help broadening the concept of NBS beyond urban to rural settings and can provide a social scientific and economic approach to analysing and tackling the challenges of supporting a platform to share knowledge and promote nature-based solutions. It has experience of producing excellent research that is informed by societal and policy problems, and that seeks to actively engage and inform policy and other stakeholders.
The institute can provide a variety of skills and methodologies relevant to this call, including focus group facilitation, qualitative analysis, document reviews, questionnaire surveys, and research interviews. The institute has a proven track record in drawing on academic expertise to produce outputs suitable for non-academic audiences, and relevant experience contributing to Horizon 2020 projects.
The research organisation is seeking a lead partner from industry or academia based in a Horizon 2020 participating country that would take on the below responsibilities:
• further develop and maintain an online open source stakeholders platform that would facilitate the interactions;
• develop a business plan to make such a platform financially self-sustainable;
• including the scientific community, in the overall NBS value chain;
• facilitate the clustering of current and upcoming EU-funded nature-based solutions relevant research and innovation projects and other EU or national initiatives;
• facilitate the development and mainstreaming of NBS-related professional training and the inclusion of NBS in high-education curricula (as, for example, NBS for architects and urban planners; ecosystem services for engineers, etc.), and Masters;
• proposals shall address all of the above points. The platform must ensure that all evidence, data and information will be accessible through the Oppla portal.
The partner sought will lead the two other tasks under which the research institute would contribute:
• “establish NBS hubs and organize communication and outreach campaigns and regular events in all Member States, involving, as appropriate, international networks and environmental communicators and targeting all relevant stakeholders involved, including the scientific community, in the overall NBS value chain”;
• “assist the European Commission in organizing science-policy workshops and drafting briefings and contributions to EU policies related to nature, environment, climate, water, etc. Appropriate links with other relevant policy platforms such as Climate-ADAPT and BISE should be ensured;”