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The most advanced space weather radar in the world to be built in the Arctic

The most advanced space weather radar in the world is to be built in the Arctic by an international partnership including the UK, thanks to new investment, including in the region of £4 million to £6 million from NERC.

23 Aug 2017


New polar ship construction milestone

A major feat of engineering takes place this week as the stern section of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, is transported by barge from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to Cammell Laird's shipyard in Birkenhead.

21 Aug 2017


Community invited to view plans for geothermal energy research opportunity in Clyde Gateway

Two of the UK's leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development.

14 Aug 2017


Professor Duncan Wingham appointed as Executive Chair Designate of NERC

Professor Wingham has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of NERC following nearly six years as Chief Executive of the council, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

11 Aug 2017


NERC early career researcher evaluation - The health of the research base

NERC is undertaking an evaluation of its support for early career researchers to be completed in 2017.

3 Aug 2017


New Innovation Advisory Board members - 2017 appointments

NERC has appointed seven new members to its Innovation Advisory Board to replace those who have completed their term.

28 Jul 2017


Science Minister opens British Antarctic Survey innovation centre

The new Aurora Innovation Centre, that will support cross-discipline research to tackle environmental challenges and increase the real-world benefit of polar research, was officially opened today by Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson.

21 Jul 2017


Global issues from health to humanitarian crises to be tackled in ambitious research programme

Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme.

21 Jul 2017


UK Research and Innovation launches interim website

An interim website has been launched today by UK Research & Innovation. The site will be a source of news and information about the development of UK Research & Innovation ahead of its formal creation in April 2018.

19 Jul 2017


The environment is central to achieving the UN Global Goals, the first joint Rockefeller Foundation-NERC-ESRC report finds

A clear understanding of the multiple ways we, as humans, affect the environment and how the environment, in turn, affects us is essential to achieving each of the United Nation's 17 Global Goals on Sustainable Development.

18 Jul 2017


Boost for addressing challenges in global agriculture and food systems sustainability

To address key global development challenges in securing future food supplies, BBSRC is leading a collaboration with the MRC, ESRC, AHRC, and NERC to invest over £16 million through the Global Challenges Research Fund Foundation Awards for Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research.

17 Jul 2017


NERC Annual Report

NERC's Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 was published today; it outlines the organisation's main achievements over the past year and progress on strategic objectives.

13 Jul 2017


Study of 11,000 years of West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss sheds light on today

Study shows wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica during the past 11,000 years, enabling researchers to better understand how environmental change may impact future sea-level rise.

6 Jul 2017


Sir Mark Walport outlines the vision for UK Research & Innovation

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research & Innovation, has given a speech outlining the vision, objectives and next steps in development for the organisation.

4 Jul 2017


Results published from large-scale neonicotinoid study

Researchers at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have examined the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybees and wild pollinators in a trial spanning three countries.

30 Jun 2017


Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by a rise in a gas commonly used in paint strippers

If recent and rapid increases in a gas commonly used as a paint stripper and in the food industry to decaffeinate coffee and tea continue, the recovery of the ozone hole could be delayed by up to 30 years, say researchers.

28 Jun 2017


Boaty McBoatface returns home with unprecedented data

Researchers at the University of Southampton have captured unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on Earth during the first voyage of the yellow robotic submersible known as Boaty McBoatface, which arrived back in the UK last week.

28 Jun 2017


Opportunity to join the Strategic Programme Advisory Group

NERC is seeking applications to help steer the future of UK environmental science by joining its Strategic Programme Advisory Group.

26 Jun 2017

Closing Date: 24 Jul 2017


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund opportunities begin to open

The research councils and Innovate UK welcome the initial key areas of the government's flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) that have now opened to businesses and researchers to apply for funding.

23 Jun 2017


Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC extends its warmest congratulations to Professor Sir Charles Godfray and Professor Terence Lewis, who have both been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

20 Jun 2017


Call for exhibits and activities at UnEarthed

NERC is offering an opportunity for researchers to run public engagement activities as part of our annual showcase, 'UnEarthed. Explore the world at your feet'.

15 Jun 2017


Engaging environments: Public engagement funding announcement

Engaging environments: NERC funding for public engagement consortium and capacity-building projects.

13 Jun 2017


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

Do you know someone working in the environmental sciences who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

12 Jun 2017


Science Board nominations invited

NERC is inviting applications to its key scientific advisory board, the Science Board.

12 May 2017

Closing Date: 16 Jun 2017


£8.6 million UK research programme on greenhouse gas removal

New research will investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.

20 Apr 2017


NERC response to the industrial strategy consultation

NERC responded to the Building our Industrial Strategy green paper consultation, considering how environmental science might help a modern industrial strategy deliver productivity, jobs and growth across the UK.

19 Apr 2017


Scientists to shed light on UK's underground energy technologies

New £31 million research facilities will see UK scientists gather critical data on the use of geoenergy technologies to help meet energy needs.

12 Apr 2017


Contribute to the industrial strategy consultation

NERC welcomes the government green paper Building our Industrial Strategy, which launches a consultation on how to address long-term challenges for the UK economy.

17 Mar 2017

Closing Date: 17 Apr 2017


Universities minister Jo Johnson opens new multi-agency research hub

Jo Johnson, minister of state for universities, science, research & innovation, officially opened the Cranfield University / NCAS Centre for Atmospheric & Emissions Research today.

2 Feb 2017


Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

The minister for universities, science, research & innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the chief executive designate of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

2 Feb 2017


NERC science brings large, long-term benefits for the UK and other countries

Today, we published our annual Impact Report which shows how NERC science brings sustained benefits to our economy and society, driving UK productivity and competitiveness while building a safer, wealthier and more secure world.

24 Jan 2017


£10 million to investigate impact of climate change on Arctic Ocean

A major UK research programme will investigate the impact of diminishing sea ice on the fragile marine environment of the Arctic Ocean.

24 Jan 2017


Halley Research Station Antarctica to close for winter

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has decided not to winter at Halley VI Research Station for safety reasons. The station, which is located on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, will shut down between March and November 2017.

16 Jan 2017


Construction partner chosen to modernise Antarctic infrastructure

Construction expert BAM has been chosen to partner with NERC's research centre BAS to modernise UK Antarctic research facilities.

4 Jan 2017


Projects funded to engage public with issues of environmental science

NERC has backed 18 projects to engage the UK public with environmental science around challenging issues.

4 Jan 2017


NERC colleagues included in Queen's New Year Honours 2017

NERC is pleased to announce that four colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2017 for their services to polar science, diplomacy, environmental science, human health, atmospheric chemistry and glaciology.

3 Jan 2017


NERC science boosts UK economic growth by reducing pollution

Decades of research by NERC-funded scientists led to a fundamental contribution to the UK successfully banning harmful marine pollutants, according to a new report.

19 Dec 2016


NERC research into water security creates UK benefits worth billions

NERC's world-leading research has led to economic and environmental benefits for the UK by helping to strengthen regulation in the water industry while avoiding disproportionately expensive requirements.

19 Dec 2016


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2018

Do you know someone working within the environmental sciences sector who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

13 Dec 2016

Closing Date: 24 Feb 2017


Last winter's floods worst in 100 years confirms NERC centre report

A NERC centre's scientific review of the winter floods of 2015-2016 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century.

5 Dec 2016


Opportunity to join the Innovation Advisory Board

NERC is seeking to appoint four new members to the Innovation Advisory Board, and would encourage applications from representatives with broad perspectives and experience of business, both from within companies and from central and local government.

29 Nov 2016

Closing Date: 4 Jan 2017


NERC partners with ESRC and AHRC to fund projects that will help developing countries cope with environmental hazards

Three of the UK's research councils have funded 22 projects that will help communities in some of the poorest regions of the world understand, prepare for and manage a range of natural and man-made environmental hazards.

22 Nov 2016


UK and Chinese scientists join forces to advance understanding of the evolution of the biosphere

NERC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are jointly supporting a new strategic research programme Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience.

22 Nov 2016


NERC funds two projects worth £9 million that will use research to boost UK local economies

NERC has funded two highly ambitious projects worth nearly £9 million that will help two UK regions benefit from its world-class environmental science research.

15 Nov 2016


NERC environmental data centres - Future user needs survey

NERC is inviting users and potential users of its environmental data centres to take part in a survey to help us better understand their requirements for future services.

11 Nov 2016

Closing Date: 6 Dec 2016


NERC partners with India for cleaner air and improved water quality

NERC has joined forces with the Indian government and the country's scientists to tackle air pollution in Delhi and help secure improved water quality nationwide.

9 Nov 2016


Joint Capital Advisory Group appointments

NERC has appointed four new members to its Joint Capital Advisory Group to replace those who have completed their term.

3 Nov 2016


Touchdown for research aircraft at Into the blue Manchester

NERC's Into the blue Manchester showcase has kicked off with the arrival of the UK's most advanced scientific research aircraft at the city's main airport.

25 Oct 2016


New Science Board members appointed

NERC has appointed three new members to its Science Board to replace those who have completed their term.

24 Oct 2016


NERC and NSF jointly support research into fate of Antarctic glacier

NERC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that they will jointly fund as much as $25 million (approx. £20 million) in research, and make available additional funding for associated logistical support, to understand a massive Antarctic glacier whose collapse could significantly affect global sea level.

21 Oct 2016


Deputy First Minister opens new Lyell Centre

Deputy First Minister John Swinney hails Lyell Centre as 'a leading centre with bold vision to spearhead new energy evolution'.

18 Oct 2016


Sir David Attenborough lays keel on UK's new polar research ship

NERC's new state-of-the-art polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, reaches its first construction milestone this week with the ceremonial laying of the keel.

17 Oct 2016


Strategic Programme Advisory Group appointments

NERC has appointed three new members to its Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG) to replace those who have completed their term.

5 Oct 2016


State-of-the-art research vessel visits Liverpool

In a unique celebration of the best of British environmental science, the Natural Environment Research Council will showcase one of the world's most advanced research ships in Liverpool this week.

5 Oct 2016


Searching for Scouse cod and Geordie haddock

Scientists this week launched a new study into the 'soundscape' of Britain's seas, aiming to better understand the impact of maritime noise pollution on fish including their ability to communicate.

5 Oct 2016


DFID independent expert advisory group recruitment

The Department for International Development (DFID) are currently recruiting new members of their Research Advisory Group (RAG).

4 Oct 2016


India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security officially launched

A water security initiative between major India and UK research funding bodies is announced today.

27 Sep 2016


New cut-off for highlight topic ideas

NERC invites the environmental science community to submit new ideas for highlight topics.

21 Sep 2016

Closing Date: 16 May 2017


NERC joins forces with the US's Rockefeller Foundation to achieve the UN's Global Goals

NERC and ESRC have joined forces with the US's Rockefeller Foundation to support the United Nation's 17 Global Goals, which aim to eliminate poverty and hunger and help fight climate change over the next 15 years.

20 Sep 2016


NERC research ship and aircraft photographed together for the first time ahead of Into the blue

Today, NERC releases exclusive images of two of the world's key scientific instruments taking part in a training mission ahead of going on public display at Into the blue, an interactive celebration of science taking place in Liverpool and Manchester next month.

6 Sep 2016


Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science

NERC is inviting proposals under the public engagement programme for projects that aim to engage the UK public with big issues of environmental science.

5 Sep 2016

Closing Date: 3 Nov 2016


NERC services and facilities commissioning

NERC is introducing new ways of identifying and prioritising its services and facilities portfolio over the next five to ten years.

1 Sep 2016


RCUK welcomes HM Treasury statement on continuity of funding under Horizon 2020

Research Councils UK welcomes the statement made by HM Treasury on continuity of funding for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, published on 13 August.

15 Aug 2016


NERC's new public engagement focus and strategy

NERC is taking fresh steps to engage the British public with environmental science and its vital role in meeting some of the world's biggest challenges with a new new public engagement with research strategy.

1 Aug 2016


NERC invests £7 million in new strategic research programme

NERC announces it is investing in a new large-scale strategic research programme - the Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System.

1 Aug 2016


New NERC Audit & Risk Assurance Committee member

NERC is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Audit & Risk Assurance Committee member, Mr Steven Turner, following an open recruitment exercise.

29 Jul 2016


NERC publishes ESIOS Science Plan

NERC has today published a science plan for the Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS) capital project.

15 Jul 2016


Business leader appointed as chair of Innovation Advisory Board

NERC is delighted to announce that Dr Stewart Davies has been appointed as the new chair for its Innovation Advisory Board (IAB).

14 Jul 2016


New Innovation Advisory Board members - 2016 appointments

NERC has appointed nine new members to its Innovation Advisory Board to replace those who have completed their term.

14 Jul 2016


ODA research and innovation and NERC

NERC provides context on the Global Challenges Research Fund and Environmental Science.

12 Jul 2016


RCUK statement on international collaboration post EU referendum

RCUK have issued a collective statement on international collaboration post EU referendum.

6 Jul 2016


New issue of Planet Earth magazine now available

NERC is relaunching its magazine Planet Earth, which communicates the amazing science it supports, and the wider benefits it has to UK society and the economy.

4 Jul 2016


New projects to investigate use of satellite technology in farming

NERC has funded five research projects to explore and develop new ways to improve sustainable food production using satellite technologies.

21 Jun 2016


NERC researcher awarded prestigious geology award

Professor John Underhill, chair of exploration geoscience at Heriot-Watt University, has been presented with the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society.

15 Jun 2016


Five NERC colleagues included in Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016 for their services to environmental science, Earth science and deep-sea ecology.

13 Jun 2016


Initial appointments made to GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

Initial appointments have been made to a new strategic advisory group to support the development of the government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

10 Jun 2016


NERC-funded researcher becomes ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society

NERC-funded researcher Professor Nigel Dunnett has recently been appointed as an ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society.

7 Jun 2016


NERC publishes corporate responsibility statement

NERC has today published a corporate responsibility statement outlining our commitment to managing our activities in a responsible way.

26 May 2016


Indian and UK researchers team up to reveal secrets of the monsoon

Understanding the southern Asian monsoon and its effects on the world's climate is the focus of a new UK research collaboration now underway in India.

25 May 2016


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Do you know someone working in the environmental sciences who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

24 May 2016


People in the driving seat as minister announces £3.9 million urban regeneration partnerships

People living in the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle & Gateshead and York will benefit from a new research and innovation initiative that puts them in the driving seat to help improve their cities' health, wellbeing and prosperity as they face up to challenges of modern urban living.

19 May 2016


Research Councils UK statement on publication of the Success as a Knowledge Economy White Paper

The government has published a white paper which details its planned policy to reform support for higher education and research, including proposals on the future of the research councils.

16 May 2016


Over £40 million pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges announcement

Five UK Research Councils have announced the first joint interdisciplinary calls from the new £1·5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) unveiled by the Government in last year's spending review.

12 May 2016


Climate change data creates a storm

A powerful visualisation of rising global temperatures has captured the collective imagination.

12 May 2016


£200 million polar research ship named in honour of Sir David Attenborough

NERC's new £200 million state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

6 May 2016


UK and Chinese scientists partner on earthquake research programme

A research partnership between the UK and China will develop new expertise on increasing resilience to natural disasters.

5 May 2016


NERC publishes its latest Delivery Plan, covering 2016 to 2020

NERC has published its latest Delivery Plan, which lays out budgets and investment priorities for the period 2016-20.

4 May 2016


Research councils launch action plan to drive cultural change in equality, diversity and inclusion

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture.

4 May 2016


Highlight topics announcement and ideas cut-off postponed

NERC has decided to delay the announcement of the third round of highlight topics announcement of opportunity

27 Apr 2016


NERC puts £15 million into creating new marine robots and sensors

NERC will invest £15 million in Marine Autonomous Systems and sensors over a five-year development programme.

27 Apr 2016


Name Our Ship online poll has now closed

NERC would like to thank everyone who has supported our campaign to name the UK's next world-class polar research ship.

17 Apr 2016


New funded highlight topic projects announced

NERC is pleased to announce the second set of projects funded under the highlight topics route - one of our ways of funding strategic research.

15 Apr 2016


NERC partners with M&S on sustainable food production

NERC is joining forces with major retailer M&S to help shape the future of sustainable food production in the UK and abroad.

13 Apr 2016


NERC commissions ambitious multi-centre research programmes

NERC has commissioned five highly ambitious research programmes, worth £34 million, that will see its research centres working closely together to tackle major scientific and societal challenges.

22 Mar 2016


Publication of RCUK Strategic Priorities & Spending Plan

The UK research councils published Strategic Priorities & Spending Plans.

18 Mar 2016


Campaign launched to name the UK's state-of-the-art £200m polar research ship

NERC has a new polar research ship under construction and we need a name for her!

17 Mar 2016


NERC webinar on national capability research

On 7 April, NERC will be hosting a live webinar showcasing our new investments in multi-disciplinary national capability research within our centres.

16 Mar 2016


New research will improve city life with green infrastructure

NERC is investing around £1·2 million in innovative projects designed to improve urban life and create sustainable cities by helping us make better use of 'green infrastructure'.

7 Mar 2016


Research councils publish response to budget allocation

The research councils have published a short response to the budget allocations announced earlier today.

4 Mar 2016


Nominations for membership of the NERC Training Advisory Board

NERC is seeking new members for its Training Advisory Board (TAB). We welcome nominations from the academic community, relevant end-users and early career researchers from across NERC's remit.

1 Mar 2016

Closing Date: 7 Apr 2016