The PCAN Fund is an integral part of the Place-Based Climate Action Network. The aim of the fund is to stimulate engagement in 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:

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

Applications can be made under five 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)

A new PCAN Fellowship for early career researchers was added in April 2020 as another element of the funding call.

There are three funding rounds (previously four - two have been amalgamated). The first  two rounds were for £100,000 (2019) and £160,000 (2020) respectively. The third and final round will be launched in the autumn of 2021. It will be for £140,000 to fund four to six projects.

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

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

PCAN Fund 2020 awards announced