Working with business
NERC can help you:
- Improve business processes and drive innovation.
- Turn creative ideas into commercial opportunities.
- Reduce your financial risk in the innovation pipeline.
- Improve performance while reducing environmental impact.
- Matching your business requirements to the right data and expertise.
- Giving you access to specialised facilities and research assets.
- Channelling your business requirements into our future research.
Find out more about how NERC can work with you.
NERC-funded science is benefitting a wide variety of businesses, often as a result of direct collaborations between a business and NERC researchers. Here are some examples.
A 5% reduction in average insured losses from storms alone would save the insurance industry up to £130m a year. NERC's catastrophe weather modelling is being used in reinsurance models to prevent the unexpected accumulation of risk. more about transforming the insurance industry
Partners: Willis Research Network, Reading University
NERC-funded researchers proved the commercial viability of new tidal energy technology by demonstrating the sustainability of SeaGen in Strangford Lough. The turbine is now licensed to operate 24 hours a day. more about marine renewables' commercial and environmental success
Partners: Marine Current Turbines (SeaGen), regulators, Sea Mammal Research Unit
NERC provides daily short and long-term forecasts of space weather and solar activity, so action can be taken to protect infrastructure and the millions of pounds-worth of satellites on which our complex society depends. more about protecting UK infrastructure from space weather
Partners: National Grid, satellite operators, British Geological Survey, British Antarctic Survey
Researchers identified the potential of a fungus as a 'green' pesticide that could save millions of pounds in damaged crops and prevent environmental damage. It has been licensed and is being sold by a biotechnology firm. more about green pesticide
Partners: Novozymes BioAg, Fargro, Swansea University
Further examples of how NERC science has been used by business and policymakers can be found in a series of economic valuation reports.