NERC's current strategy
Next Generation Science for Planet Earth 2007-2012
NERC's strategy, Next Generation Science for Planet Earth, was launched in November 2007. The strategy sets out an overview of how NERC, in partnership with others, will respond to the critical issue of the 21st century - the sustainability of life on Earth.
NERC identified seven strategic science themes in the strategy as well as four organisational goals which together address both the UK's science needs as well as how NERC delivers the research required to meet these needs.
The strategy was developed with the UK's environmental research users, funders and providers, and sets out the challenges for both our science and how we manage our activities.
NERC's strategic goal
To deliver world-leading environmental research at the frontiers of knowledge:
enabling society to respond urgently to global climate change and the increasing pressures on natural resources;
contributing to UK leadership in predicting the regional and local impacts of environmental change from days to decades; and
creating and supporting vibrant, integrated research communities.
Next Generation Science for Planet Earth (full strategy document) can be downloaded or ordered.
An overview leaflet is also available.
What is different in the strategy?
A change from our last strategy is that we developed clear processes for delivering the priorities it describes. The strategy was refreshed so NERC remained responsive to the changing world.
Find out how we developed the strategy.