Opportunity to join the Innovation Advisory Board

Closing date: 4 January 2017

NERC is seeking to appoint four new members to the Innovation Advisory Board (IAB). The IAB membership covers a range of sectors and interests and for this current recruitment we would encourage applications from representatives with broad perspectives and experience of business, both from within companies and from central and local government.

NERC is the UK's leading funder of environmental science research, investing £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends - from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space. NERC is a non-departmental public body, receiving annual funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It operates under Royal Charter.

The Innovation Advisory Board advises NERC on its strategy for strengthening the delivery of economic growth and other societal benefits (impact) from its research and innovation investments. It helps NERC find the most effective ways to engage stakeholders, translate research and support innovation. The IAB also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness and impacts of NERC innovation investments.

The IAB meets three times a year and supports NERC Council and the executive by providing non-executive strategic advice and advocacy on innovation and impact.

Appointments will commence in February 2017 for a period of two or three years with a possible one-year extension.

Members of NERC Boards may receive £170 daily attendance fees. Fees are not payable to members who are civil servants; employees of NERC; full-time employees of organisations whose funds are derived from Votes of Parliament (eg government departments, UK Atomic Energy Authority, British Broadcasting Corporation, and other research councils); or have received public sector exit fees.

NERC is committed to the principle of providing equal opportunities for all. We support diversity in our public appointments and strongly encourage applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

To nominate yourself or someone else for membership, please complete the appropriate sections of the relevant IAB application form and attach a short CV listing significant accomplishments, including a list of recent publications if appropriate. Application forms and supporting information can be found below.

IAB code of practice (PDF, 149KB)

IAB membership profile (PDF, 63KB)

IAB member application (Word, 134KB)

The form and the CV should be returned no later than Wednesday, 4 January 2017, preferably electronically, to . Alternatively, paper copies should be sent to:

Laura Gemoli
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU.

Interviews for a shortlist of candidates will be held on Wednesday, 1 February 2017 in London.

The first IAB meeting will take place on Thursday, 9 February 2017 in London, although appointment is not dependant on attending this meeting.


For further information and queries contact :

Andrea Turner
01793 411799

Note that emails will not be checked between 21 December 2016 and 2 January 2017.