Transparency

NERC aims to be as open as possible about all its activities and how they are carried out.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ('The Act') anyone can request information about what we do and how we do it. Some of our information falls under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which provides broadly similar access rights to The Act but relates specifically to information about the environment.

You are entitled to see any personal information we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. NERC complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act with regard to the collection, storage, processing and disclosure of personal information. Our Information Charter explains what personal data we might need to keep and what we do with it.

We will make all information freely available unless there is a good reason for us not to, in line with relevant exemptions under the legislation.

Finding information

Our publication scheme outlines the information we routinely publish and tells you where to find it.

You can find out about the research we support in the research section and through our research outputs.

If you can't find what you are looking for you can make a request for information to us in writing.

Staff & business expenditure

In line with government's commitment to greater transparency of public information, NERC publishes information on how we spend the public funding we receive. View details of our staff and business expenditure.

Charges

We aim to provide as much information as possible free of charge, however we reserve the right to charge fees in accordance with the Freedom of Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulation 2004. NERC follows the current guidance on charging under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

NERC policy on charging fees under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998 (PDF, 347KB)

Freedom of Information & peer review

The RCUK Peer Review Framework describes how peer review is used in assessing applications, making funding decisions and also outlines the approach taken by the research councils in responding to requests for information about the assessment process.

Records management

The Act amends the Public Records Act 1958 and places obligations on us to maintain our records in line with the provisions of a code of practice on records management.

NERC Records Management Policy (PDF, 407KB)