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

NERC strategic review of innovation programme mechanisms invitation to quote
NERC is seeking a suitably qualified, independent and expert group to conduct a strategic review of the innovation programme mechanism in terms of its design and delivery in the wider context of change in the innovation landscape in the UK and where improvements could be made to make the approach (or variety of approaches) more efficient and effective in:

  • delivering industry challenge-driven innovation investments by translating the knowledge and expertise generated by NERC investments into innovative, industry-relevant tools and approaches
  • providing a neutral, open interface with the vast body of UK environmental data, knowledge and expertise; and
  • building effective partnerships to facilitate access to the body environmental science, data and skills funded by NERC.

The full specification and instruction for the requirement are in the Crown Commercial Service contracts finder - external link

1 March 2017

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

27 April 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

There are no future calls at present.

Innovation Team