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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

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

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

Oil and Gas Decommissioning
Following the Decommissioning Brokerage Event (5 July 2016), NERC invites proposals for innovation projects which address industry challenges related to decommissioning and its environmental management.

15 September 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