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.

Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) Programme

RISE 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.

This scheme is for research organisations with a strong and substantial portfolio of NERC-funded research to apply through RISE funding calls for a five-year programme of activity to address environmental science issues that will bring economic benefit to their region. The NERC contribution is £2·5 million - £4 million at 80% full economic cost.

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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