Spring call for new projects

iCASP is once again inviting expressions of interest for iCASP projects.

If you have an idea please complete the 6 page Expression of Interest (EOI) document that you can download from the link below.

So what defines an iCASP project?

We will support:

Projects that translate existing environmental science so that it is used to further integrated catchment management

Projects that address:

  • Promoting the resilience of the region’s cities
  • Mitigating drought and flood risk in the context of climate change
  • Improving the delivery of flood forecasts
  • Developing approaches to improve ecological and chemical status of surface and groundwaters, and water quality entering treatment works
  • Enhancing carbon sequestration in soils and woodlands
  • Supporting sustainable agriculture

Projects need to involve both academic and non-academic partners.

iCASP academic partners are: National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, and for peat projects can also include the Universities of Manchester and Durham.

See our partners web page for a list of non-academic partners.

Some of the ways a project can be delivered are through:

  • translating existing data, models, knowledge and/or expertise into tools, solutions and approaches,
  • embedding new knowledge to improve organisational processes or services through people exchange,
  • advancing academic outputs into commercially-viable products and services.

What support is available?

If you have an idea you can bid for a share of:

  • 25 years’ worth of Impact Translation Fellow time,
  • 4 years’ worth of academic time for project supervision,
  • resources to cover secondment overheads,
  • travel and subsistence to attend meetings,
  • workshop/meeting/event costs,
  • the production of outputs.

What is an Impact Translation Fellow?

An Impact Translation Fellow is a well qualified (post-doctorate level or equivalent) specialist who will do the majority of the work involved in iCASP projects. She or he will take on the project management role, guided by academics and partners. The fellow must be employed through any of the iCASP university partners, but can spend time (up to 100%) on secondment with project partners. Staff from iCASP university partners or project partners can be seconded into an Impact Translation Fellow position.

iCASP can help set up meetings and introduce partners (both inside and outside academia) who may help the project to achieve the desired impact. The exact composition of the project team does not need to be finalised before submitting an expression of interest in answer to this call.

What’s been done already?

iCASP already has active projects on:

  • Peatland Restoration and Valuation;
  • Natural Flood Management;
  • Yorkshire Flood Alleviation Schemes;
  • Agricultural Land-use and the Delivery of Public Goods;
  • Green Infrastructure Business Cases.


So if your idea relates to the above themes, let us know (icasp@leeds.ac.uk) before preparing an expression of interest and see our projects page for links to descriptions of existing projects.

What should I do next?

Further guidance is provided in the proposal form and iCASP Frequently Asked Questions document below. A summary of the research available for the project can also be downloaded.

Please email icasp@leeds.ac.uk with any queries and if you need support in completing the form.

The deadline for submission of the proposal form to iCASP@leeds.ac.uk is 23.59 on the 2nd July 2018. Please do pass on this call to others whom you think might be interested.