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Oil and Gas Innovation Programme - Announcement of Opportunity: Decommissioning

This initial call for the Oil and Gas Innovation Programme focuses on decommissioning - and its environmental management.

NERC will invest up to £1m in a cohort of projects lasting six to 12 months which translate existing NERC-remit science in the following theme areas:

  • Development of baselines (proxies) and innovative monitoring techniques and approaches.
  • Data management, sharing, access and collaboration.
  • Impact of man-made structures on the natural environment and options for decommissioning.
  • Innovative options for alternative use or extending the life of structures.

All proposals must involve end-users (ie private, public or third sector organisations or institutions, private industry, public bodies, non-government organisations or charities). Proposals should demonstrate the end-user's problem, how science can be applied to develop a 'solution' and the impact that the project will have on the end-user organisation.

All costs will be funded at 80% Full Economic Cost (FEC).

Successful projects should start on 1 April 2016.

Deadline for applications: 16:00 on 3 December 2015

Applicants should refer to the full Announcement of Opportunity for further details.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 323KB)

Decommissioning case for support template (Word, 632KB)

Potential Project Partners

Potential project partners (eg oil and gas companies and their supply chain, policymakers and regulators, environmental consultancies) are invited to contact NERC if they are looking for academic collaborators interested in developing projects for this Innovation funding call. Areas of interest and contact details for those organisations that have contacted NERC are provided below.

Potential project partners - areas of interest (PDF, 193KB)


To discuss proposal ideas, to add your interests as a potential project partner, or for any other queries please contact:

Judith Youziel
Innovation Programme Officer
01793 442896