Overseas partnerships

Partnerships with overseas funders through research programmes and national capability enable us to pool our resources around common strategic challenges.

Research programmes

Several NERC research programmes benefit from joint Announcements of Opportunity for funding with overseas partners, that provide UK researchers with unique access to overseas systems and allow UK and overseas researchers to collaborate on joint projects without facing double jeopardy in peer review.

  • Through the RAPID and RAPIDWATCH programmes NERC collaborates with the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to co-deliver an array of sensors across the Atlantic to monitor and understand changes to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation The financial value of funds leveraged through this partnership, currently agreed until 2020, is estimated at $20 million.

  • Capitalising on UK and Indian mutual strengths in research to predict changes to the South Asian Monsoon, we have partnered on two joint calls with the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences to address the Changing Water Cycle and Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon.

  • NERC's support of world-leading research on tropical forests and their role in biogeochemical cycling was recently enhanced through a joint call with the Research Foundation of São Paulo Brazil (FAPESP) as part of the NERC programme on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Functioning in Human Modified Tropical Forests.

Research infrastructure

International partnerships allow us to complement core NERC national capability, providing cost-effective community access to world-class infrastructure overseas. Some examples include: