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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 2016 and 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

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure - Innovation call
This is the second call for the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme through which NERC is working with infrastructure owners, operators, regulators and policymakers to enable them to access and use environmental science to identify, quantify and manage environmental risks to infrastructure, including those from climate change and extreme weather. There will be a brokerage event in March to develop collaborations between academics, industry programme members and other stakeholders.

Full proposal
30 June 2016

NERC Added-value activities in innovation
NERC is inviting proposals from its existing doctoral training programmes to support the delivery of added-value innovation training activities. This is to support and strengthen the interaction between NERC PhD students and relevant end-user communities.

This opportunity is open to all current NERC DTP/CDTs and the expected amount that applicants will apply for to run activities will be up £150,000.

7 July 2016

Improving Health with Environmental Data
NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps about the scope and potential utilisation of environmental data in support of improved health outcomes in the UK. This call will focus specifically on research utilisation of environmental data collected on air pollution and/or environmental hazards together with health and biomedical data.

Full proposal
12 July 2016

UK Aquaculture Initiative: Innovation Projects call
A rapidly increasing global population, climate change and intensified pressure upon vital resources are collectively threatening global food security. By 2030, 62% of fish eaten by humans is expected to be produced from aquaculture. As a result, NERC and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are looking to invest up to £1·2m into innovation projects that will use or translate existing NERC and BBSRC-remit data and knowledge into tools, technologies and approaches to meet a specific end-user need or issue.

Full proposal
12 July 2016

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-£5m are available to research organisations over 5 years to boost impact from NERC environmental science.

Full proposal
14 July 2016

Innovation Internships
NERC is inviting applications for both Open and Directed Innovation Internships based in business, policy and civil organisations to explore how partner organisations can make use of scientific knowledge and data to understand and manage their impact on the environment.

21 July 2016

Innovation projects
The specific aim of this call is to increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research outputs by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses.

27 September 2016

Follow-on Fund
The Follow-on Fund picks up where NERC research programme and discovery science grants leave off and enables those research outputs to be further developed so their commercial potential can be realised.

27 September 2016

Future funding calls

There are no future calls at present.

Innovation Team