Announcement of Opportunity: Emerging Risks of Chemicals in the Environment

Closing date (outline proposals): 16:00 on 27 September 2017

NERC is inviting outline proposals for research under a new NERC funded programme on Emerging Risks of Chemicals in the Environment. This £6 million research programme aims to conduct research to predict how the environment and its functioning will respond to chemical exposure in the UK. The anticipated high level outcome is a move towards a transformation in the way chemical risk assessment is considered: one in which ecological relevance and sustainable ecosystems are given much greater emphasis.

Proposals should focus on addressing issues that regulators or industry are currently facing or might face in the future and concerning chemicals whose environmental impacts have yet to be explored; NERC is not seeking research on chemical issues where the environmental impact is reasonably well understood.

Projects must be no more than £2 million (at 80% full economic cost) for four years and will be expected to start in September 2018. It is expected that the programme will support up to three projects. Please note that applicants successful at the outline proposal stage will be invited to submit full proposals. Only these applicants will be eligible at this later stage.

Applicants should refer to the full Announcement of Opportunity for further details.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 125KB)


For further information about this Announcement of Opportunity, please contact:

James Box
01793 411564