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Natural Environment Group (NEG) Project Funding

Each year NEG makes a small amount of funding available for its members to undertake either primary or secondary research. Priority is given to research which addresses the issues raised or gaps in the evidence base identified by the Solent European Marine Sites (SEMS) Management Scheme Delivery Plan or Natural England's conservation advice for SEMS sites. Bids can be for projects either undertaken alone or in partnership with others, they can be ongoing or have a finite time scale.  Projects that meet the needs of the Solent Site Improvement Plan (IPENS) will also be looked upon favourably.The research must cover some aspect of the coast or marine environment around the Solent.

Where possible the bid should be match funded and other sources of funding should also have been explored. The group does not normally fund ongoing long term studies or surveys or work that is deemed to be 'core work' of other organisations. A condition of the funding is that the final project output wil be made available to NEG for public dissemination.  The project lead will also be invited to present their findings at a NEG meeting.

Once the priority requirements have been met, any other projects may bid for the remaining funds.  These are ranked accordingly:

Bidding Timetable

The timescale for bidding and voting in a given year is as follows:

Please fill in the the project bidding pro forma. This form is for projects seeking funding in the 2019/20 financial year. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2019. There is £4.5K available for this funding round and the bid judges would prefer to fund several smaller bids.  We would particularly welcome bids that address water quality issues in the Solent, including marine plastics, net environmental gain or the ecological enhancement of coastal infrastructure.

Projects Awarded Funding for 2017/18

At is meeting in April 2017, NEG awarded project funding for two projects.

  1. Solent Oyster Restoration Project by the University of Portsmouth
  2. Solent and Brent Goose Strategy: Bird Movement Study by the Hants and Wight Wildlife Trust

Past Funded Research 

Other Projects with NEG Contribution