Funding opportunities

NERC funds a number of schemes to enable researchers to work with partners in business, policy and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), providing access to the latest knowledge and expertise. Each delivers cost-effective research driven by partners' priorities, and creates an opportunity for long-term collaboration with the research base.

To enable NERC researchers and their partners to prepare, these are the calls we currently have confirmed or are very likely to be advertised in 2017.

Current funding calls

Funding call Closing date

Follow-on Fund Pathfinder
Funding to carry out work to develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research for application to a full Follow-on Fund grant.

Applications accepted all year

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) - external link
Early career researcher transfers knowledge, technology or skills through a project that is jointly supervised by a company and an academic institute (one-three years).

Applications accepted all year

Knowledge Exchange fellowships
Opportunities announced for open KE fellowships and directed KE fellowships.

27 April 2017

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.

3 May 2017

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme
The third funding call under ERIIP, NERC are encouraging proposals that address the challenges of ERIIP members as well as fill gaps in the portfolio of themes, hazards and sectors within the scope of the programme.

3 May 2017

Innovative Monitoring Approaches
NERC invites proposals for innovation projects focused on developing innovative monitoring approaches to tackle industry, policy, regulator or other relevant 'end-user' defined challenges and opportunities within the infrastructure, oil and gas and offshore renewable energy sectors.

Outline proposal: 15 June 2017

Future funding calls

Funding call Indicative date call opens

Innovation placements

13 April 2017

Innovation Projects

June 2017

Follow-on Fund

June 2017

Innovation Team