Maximising UK Adaptation to Climate Change Research Projects

Maximum award: £2,000,000

Closing date: 16 July 2024

Maximising UK adaptation to climate change: research projects- new transdisciplinary knowledge for UK climate adaptation

This UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding opportunity is part of the Maximising UK Adaptation to Climate Change programme. The programme is co-funded by UKRI and Defra. It has been co-designed by UKRI, Defra, the Met Office and the Climate Change Committee. It will deliver cutting-edge research, and focus on overcoming behavioural, financial and communication barriers to delivering real-world solutions for policy and wider society.

The aim of the Maximising UK Adaptation to Climate Change programme is to build capacity, knowledge, and skills that will offer practical and scalable solutions to meet the UK’s challenges in the face of a changing climate and put the UK at the forefront of climate adaptation strategies at both local and national scales.

The programme consists of two strands of commissioning activity:

  • strand one: a climate change adaptation hub – coordination and translation
  • strand two: a series of research projects – new transdisciplinary knowledge for UK climate adaptation

Full details about the programme can be found in the ‘Additional information’ section.

This UKRI funding opportunity is for the climate change adaptation research projects. There was a separate UKRI funding opportunity for the adaptation hub that closed on 1 February 2024.


This funding opportunity will fund world leading, high impact transdisciplinary research projects to put the UK at the cutting edge of practical and futureproof climate adaptation involving researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. The funded projects will work directly with the climate change adaptation hub to ensure knowledge exchange between research and policy. UKRI will facilitate introductions between the hub and the successful research projects following award announcements, to enable discussion and plans to be developed around how best to work together to enable knowledge mobilisation.

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Closing date: 16 Jul 2024