The NERC management system for administering and processing research grants and training awards includes two classification sections:
Classification of Proposal - this comprises three parts and accommodates a science classification which is NERC-wide and spans the whole range of Earth system science supported by Council, both in the academic community and within NERC's research centres.
Proposal Classification - which is a RCUK research classification. This common classification has been introduced to facilitate inter-disciplinary working, reviewer matching and reporting.
NERC can only accept proposal forms that have been fully completed, including all relevant parts of the classification sections.
Please indicate within which science area or areas your proposal falls and indicate percentage relevance (totalling 100% but avoiding a 50:50% split since this classification is also used for 'routing' to a review committee).
Environmental & Natural Resource Issues (ENRI)
You are asked to indicate the percentage relevance to one or more of the ENRIs in this part of the classification scheme (totalling 100%), that best describe the environmental context of your proposal. The definitions are set out below:
Biodiversity - understanding the factors determining biological diversity, living and past, its functional significance and the implications for conservation strategies and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Environmental risks and hazards - predicting and assessing extreme natural events (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land instability, storms and floods) and other potential hazards to the environment (such as the release of genetically modified or non-native organisms) and their implications for human and environmental safety.
Global change - understanding and predicting global change on a range of time and space scales, the impacts of change on the environment and the implications for human health and sustainable development.
Natural resource management - understanding the functioning of earth, land, freshwater, coastal and marine systems. Identification of renewable and non-renewable resource potential, assessment of the impacts of their exploitation and environmentally sustainable management.
Pollution and waste - understanding the factors that influence environmental quality; assessing the implications of pollution and waste in relation to environmental and human health; and contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable waste management and remediation strategies.
You are asked to identify between one and five research areas that best describe your proposal and assign percentage relevance totalling 100%.