National capability enables the UK to deliver world-leading environmental science, support national strategic needs, and respond to emergencies. It includes the research and development activities which keeps this capability at the cutting edge.
NERC provides national capability by supporting:
- Environmental surveys and monitoring
- Shared services and facilities
- Skills and expertise
- Research infrastructure
- Related training and knowledge exchange
NERC research centres play a leading role for the UK in managing and delivering this capability. NERC is also working with the wider environmental community through capital investments in Higher Education Institutes and Independent Research Organisations.
Autumn statement 2012
In the Chancellor's 2012 autumn statement, RCUK was allocated £484m to invest in research capital to ensure the future sustainability of UK research competitiveness.
£36·1m of this was allocated to NERC to support its world-class environmental research. This capital funding will be invested across a range of scientific areas and across the NERC scientific community including:
- Marine Autonomous & Robotics Systems
- NERC research facilities
- Environmental Big Data
- A Strategic Environmental Science Capital Call
Further details of how all the research councils will invest their autumn statement 2012 allocations can be found at RCUK website. These investments fit into the research councils' long-term plans for future scientific research which is outlined in the RCUK Strategic Framework for Capital Investment .