Working with government and the public sector
NERC works closely with policymakers, regulators and intermediaries (eg learned societies and civil society organisations) to provide the latest scientific information and access to expert advice.
The ways in which NERC scientists and staff interact with policymakers are described in detail in 'Science into Policy: Taking part in the process'. Collaboration and engagement with our scientists can:
- Provide evidence to inform policy making and regulation.
- Match evidence requirements to the right science, data and expertise.
- Offer sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.
- Contribute expert advice to consultations.
- Improve our understanding of policy or regulation requirements to inform future science investments.
How we can work with you
- NERC science into policy initiatives enable our researchers to work with you.
- Use our expertise. Our science community and research centres can provide science evidence to inform policy and regulation.
- Jointly fund internships and fellows to support your evidence needs.
- Our knowledge exchange programmes provide a forum for collaboration in critical environmental areas. Current programmes include marine renewable energy, water security and agri-food.
- Invite us to contribute to your consultations.
A series of case studies provide examples of how NERC has worked with or for policymakers and the public sector.
Inform NERC research priorities
- Join an advisory board - representatives from relevant public sector organisations are welcome on our key decision-making and advisory committees, research programme steering committees and research centre boards.
- Become a Peer Review College member and help us assess research proposals and make decisions on allocating funds.
- Provide input to NERC consultations.
To get involved or for further information please contact us.