Looking for a partner to co-create an application to the ACCESS Flex Fund Round 2? 

Published on 11 January 2024

We have had a great response to our call out for people to get in touch to find a partner for a Flex Fund submission via our Flex Fund Round 2 Padlet. Thank you for posting here. It’s not too late if you want to add your details.

Here is a summary of people and organisations seeking project partners to co-create a submission for this year’s Flex Fund.


Looking for an ECR Co-I

Rebecca Collins  Hi all. I’m working on a round 2 application with two wildlife/conservation-focused NGO partners, focusing on young people’s imaginations of pathways into careers where they can take action for nature. I’m keen to join up with an early career Co-I who has an interest in young people, education, skills development – and, ideally, wildlife/conservation too! Drop me an email if you’d like to explore.


Climate education

Lee Jowett, Hi, I’m a Climate Change and Sustainability Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University (Institute of Education). Background in teaching and working at a strategic level in a local authority before joining SHU. Really interested in developing new and innovative ways of delivering and evaluating climate education from early years through to HE. Open to making connections and collaboration. More about me and projects


Looking for a partnership with a UK environmental charity working with communities including young people on climate and nature?

We are Global Action Plan UK, an environmental charity focused on issues where the connection between the health of people and our planet is most tangible. Our current focus issues are clean air, detoxifying the online climate/social media, and the education system. We have in-house academic expertise in environmental/health behavioural change and experience in working with / access to “high need” communities especially 10-18 year olds and their teachers through our education programme. Drop an email to Gail Freeman if you think we can help with your idea. We are developing our own proposals but very keen to wider opportunities.


Energy: planning and communities

Hi everyone, I’m Rebecca Windemer, Planning and Communities lead at Regen, a renewable energy not-for-profit. I have a background as an academic working on topics including planning for renewables, repowering, social acceptance. I am keen to partner on a project on these types of topics. Please email me if interested.


Social science research for rewilding

Hi, I am Kat Hill, the Community Engagement Coordinator for Highlands Rewilding and we are looking to partner with academics and researchers to further social science research as we measure the impact of rewilding on communities and places.

As part of our work we are interested in not just environmental baselines but establish community baselines. If you are interested please email me.


Seeking organisations wanting to improve social science integration

Hi, I’m Beth Brocket at Forest Research. Building on previous research with public sector and environmental NGOs – we are looking for participant organisations who want to better integrate and make use of social science and social scientists. Taking a participatory action approach we will help orgs take stock of where they are and where they want to be. For more info/register interest please contact me.


Community Energy

There are 800+ community energy organisations UK wide, doing a huge diversity of grass roots projects: community owned generation, energy efficiency and fuel poverty work, education, heat, transport, flexibility… See Community Energy England’s National Map for where they are in England.

Many would be open to collaborations with Universities and may have projects that they would welcome being evaluated. Every year CEE does data collection and a State of the Sector report. The government has also pledged to do annual reporting on the sector and the £10m Community Energy Fund it has just put in place till March 2025.

If you want to work with Community Energy we can publicise what you want to do to the sector and see if a collaborator emerges. We will also encourage members to post their potential projects on this board. All members are intensely busy at present preparing projects to apply to the Community Energy Fund. Projects need to minimise bureaucracy and not demand huge up-front resource investment. And also produce useful outputs that will enable the sector.

We encourage action learning i.e. participation by the researcher. Contact d.law@communityenergyengland.org


New relationships

Hi I’m Gerry Sherwin. We are interested in exploring how this project could assist with conservation and enhancement of the High Weald National Landscape for climate, nature, people and place. Our work is largely framed around environmental outcomes but I would be interested in how we might frame work around behavioural outcomes to improve effectiveness of plans, communications etc.

We are a small team that supports a partnership of Defra and 15 local authorities and work closely with other national landscape teams.