ACCESS Flex Fund Round 2 now open

Published on 5 February 2024


We are looking to make 3 awards to projects that contribute to the ACCESS project’s main goal to enhance the visibility, use and impact of climate and environment social science.

We are looking to fund about three projects between £200-240K each. If you are interested in applying please visit How to apply to the Flex Fund. You might also want to view our Flex Fund FAQs and sign up for our Flex Fund webinar on Monday 19 February 2pm GMT

These projects will contribute to the ACCESS project’s main goal to enhance the visibility, use and impact of climate and environment social science. Projects will be expected to deliver at least TWO of the following outcomes:

  • New ideas or frameworks
  • New methods of translating evidence or insights (e.g. communication tools)
  • New networks
  • Development of new skills or capacities
  • Increased use of social science amongst specific target groups, for example people in diverse sectors (business/industry, civil society, public sector, journalists and media actors) or non-social scientist disciplinary experts (e.g. natural scientists, engineering and physical scientists).

All applications must be clearly guided by the ACCESS Guiding Principles (Knowledge co-production; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and Sustainability) approach. Applications to Round 2 MUST have an early career researcher (ECR) in the project team, either playing a Principal Investigator (Project Lead) or Co-Investigator role.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £240,000 and last for up to 2 years. ACCESS will fund 100% of the full economic cost.

We encourage submissions that have been co-produced between academic leads and non-academic partners. To help develop these new relationships we have set up an online noticeboard where both groups can post ideas and trigger new conversations and partnerships.

Round 2 of the Flex Fund is now open until Friday 26 April 2024, 17:00 BST