Our impact

The environment is everyone's business. We depend on the environment for shelter, heat, light, food and water - all provided by globally interconnected trade, transport and communications.

People in the UK and across the planet aspire to escape poverty and improve living standards. Achieving this whilst living within the Earth's limits is the great challenge of the 21st century.

NERC plays a critical role in meeting this challenge, working in partnership with business, government and civil society. Each year we invest £330m in cutting-edge research, training and innovation in UK universities and research centres. Our translation activities help business, government and society use our science knowledge.

Annual Impact Reports

Our Impact Reports use case studies and quantitative measures to demonstrate how NERC's world-leading science is translated into knowledge, expertise and skills that stimulate economic growth and improve societal wellbeing each year.

Case studies

Read case studies which demonstrate the impact our science, strategic partnerships and funded research have on society.

Communicating your research

NERC is committed to communicating its work as widely as possible. Engaging the public with your research can improve the quality and impact of your work, raise your profile and develop your skills.

Impact Awards

Recognising and rewarding the impacts of NERC research.

COP21

Find out how NERC's world-leading climate science research is set to play a pivotal role in helping negotiators thrash out an international agreement on climate change during the climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.