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

Innovation placements
NERC invites placements who will work within a host organisation, on a specified project or one of their choosing, which is organised independently of NERC. Researchers, at any career stage, (including PhD students who are at least in their second year of research) who can demonstrate how NERC funded research could be used to make a real difference to non-academic organisations are eligible.

29 June 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

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme
Through this third ERIIP innovation funding call, NERC and ERIIP industry members are encouraging proposals that fill gaps in the portfolio of themes, hazards and sectors within the scope of the programme as outlined in the Announcement of Opportunity as well as proposals that address the challenges of ERIIP members which are publicised alongside this call.

Full proposal: 11 July 2017

Innovation Follow-on Call (replacing the Innovation Projects and Follow-on Fund calls)

12 July 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

Future funding calls

Funding call Indicative date call opens

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC)
For the third SARIC funding call, NERC and BBSRC are inviting applications to attend a 2 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.

Registration: June 2017

Innovation Team