Innovation funding

NERC promotes and encourages exchange of knowledge through its mainstream activities of:

  • publishing scientific papers and information notes;
  • training PhD students and postdoctoral scientists;
  • building formal and informal links with its user community, eg through meetings and conferences.

NERC also provides funding for specific knowledge exchange activities including training, people and knowledge flow and networks; collaborative research with users; and commercialisation.

Environmental Science Impact Programme

The Environmental Science Impact Programme (ESIP) is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science.

Awards totalling £2·5 million - £5 million are available to research organisations over five years to boost impact from NERC environmental science.

People & capacity


Project highlights and impact

Innovation grant award-holders are asked to complete the below form at the end of their project in order to capture the key highlights and impact of their work.

Innovation project highlights and impact template (Word, 52KB)

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