News announcements

Sector-changing public engagement projects launched

NERC has awarded a total of £500,000 to six projects that will build consortia and capacity in public engagement with environmental research across the UK.

16 Oct 2017


NERC announces the Hydro-JULES programme

NERC has announced a major five-year investment in national capability, to develop a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to, and in collaboration with, the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) model.

5 Oct 2017


Grants awarded to train NERC researchers in making science more accessible

NERC has awarded grants to seven UK research institutes to deliver training to NERC-funded researchers to help make their science more accessible to non-expert audiences.

2 Oct 2017


Community puts heads together on Sustainable Development Goals

NERC's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) community engagement workshop brought experts together to explore the role of UK environmental science in meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals.

29 Sep 2017


Sir Keith O'Nions named as first Chair of the new British Geological Survey Board

Today, Sir Keith O'Nions has been announced as the first Chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) Board.

28 Sep 2017


New North Cheshire energy research site to be UK's 'eyes and ears of the underground'

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new 'observatory for the underground' that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy.

26 Sep 2017


NERC and the UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres join forces to engage families

The UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres and NERC are to work together on a programme of activities that will explore the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world.

14 Sep 2017


UK and China join forces on projects to develop next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies

Researchers from the UK and China will collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies to enable the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.

7 Sep 2017


Scientists appeal to UK public to unearth 'lost' Ben Nevis weather data

Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of 'lost' weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain's highest mountain.

6 Sep 2017


NERC launches UK-wide photo competition to capture your #Enviromoment

NERC is launching its Picture It: Your Environment photo competition, as part of the build up to our free interactive showcase event, UnEarthed, in Edinburgh (17-19 November).

6 Sep 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


£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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


NERC-funded scientists start work on Scottish slopes after storm Desmond and storm Frank landslides

Scientists will use cutting-edge technology to pinpoint potential landslide "warning signs" on a high-risk route in Scotland following devastating storms in December.

9 Feb 2016


Tackling drought with big data

An event in March will bring together experts in different fields to find out more about how environmental and social media data can help improve drought prediction.

3 Feb 2016


How to suggest a name for our new ship

We have a new research ship under construction at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead and we need a name for her!

2 Feb 2016


Report highlights the value of NERC investment to the UK

NERC's latest Impact Report clearly demonstrates the importance of its investment in science, innovation and training in creating jobs and driving economic growth across the whole country and beyond.

1 Feb 2016


Energy, water, environment and food policy in the spotlight at new research centre backed by NERC

UK policy on energy, water, environment and food will be in the spotlight at a new research centre backed by NERC.

29 Jan 2016


NERC projects on oil and gas field decommissioning highlighted by Prime Minister

NERC's investment of £1 million to support the decommissioning of oil and gas fields was highlighted today by Prime Minister David Cameron.

28 Jan 2016


New director for science & innovation at NERC

Professor Tim Wheeler will be joining NERC at the start of April 2016 as our new director of science & innovation.

27 Jan 2016


NERC announces new strategic partnership with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

NERC has joined forces with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to help tackle future environmental challenges in managing water resources and provide vital data to decision-makers.

15 Jan 2016


Four NERC colleagues get royal recognition

NERC is pleased to announce that four colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2016.

4 Jan 2016


NERC backs research to protect China's soil and water resources

NERC is backing new research into the environmental impact of changing land and water use in China.

17 Dec 2015


NERC to make up to £5m available to boost regional impact from its research

NERC is set to introduce a brand new, ambitious scheme to help the UK's regions benefit from its world-leading research.

16 Dec 2015


Future commissioning of Centres for Doctoral Training

A new process to be developed over the next six months will help shape NERC's future training priorities.

16 Dec 2015


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2017

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?

15 Dec 2015


Reappointment of the NERC chief executive

Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson today announced the reappointment of Professor Duncan Wingham as chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council.

14 Dec 2015


Entrepreneurial scientists scoop prizes at anniversary finals

Two teams of entrepreneurial researchers have triumphed in a business plan competition for hypothetical biotechnology and environmental start-up companies in London on Thursday.

11 Dec 2015


Field tested: NERC PhDs explain their work

An article about the challenges of undertaking geology in Greece and a photograph of a snow-covered hut from the NERC iSTAR programme in Antarctica are this year's winners of NERC's short article writing and student photography competitions.

10 Dec 2015


Putting SIMs on seals - SMRU and Vodafone announce partnership

The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and Vodafone UK are working together to learn more about the rapid decline in many UK seal populations by fitting them with mobile phone-based tracking tags.

10 Dec 2015


NERC PhD students awarded RCUK policy internships

Fifteen NERC-funded PhD students have been awarded internships that will give them valuable insights into the policymaking process and how science can contribute to it.

9 Dec 2015