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 any follow-on grants.

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

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC)
For the third SARIC funding call, NERC and BBSRC are inviting applications to attend a two day workshop (sandpit) in autumn 2017 to develop proposals that are within the scope of the SARIC programme and two key challenges as identified by the industry members.

11 September 2017

Satellite Applications Catapult KE Fellow call
NERC, in partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult, is inviting Knowledge Exchange Fellowship proposals that consider the role of satellite applications and services in addressing environmental issues and challenges faced by urban leaders, government organisations, planners or businesses, in towns and cities.

12 September 2017

Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE)
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.

Outline proposal: 21 September 2017

Building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments
NERC invites applications from scientists looking to apply existing environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement, and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.

26 September 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.

Full proposal: 28 September 2017

Future funding calls

There are no future calls at present.

Innovation Team