UKRI Natural Environment Research Council

We're the leading funder of UK environmental science

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The driving force of investment in environmental science in the UK. NERC advances the frontier of environmental science by commissioning new research, infrastructure and training that delivers valuable scientific breakthroughs.

The Environment is Everyone's Business

As we mark our 50th anniversary, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is proud to share this new short film showcasing the expertise and diversity of research undertaken by our Centres and partners across our research portfolio.

It also highlights how, over the past 50 years, NERC has established itself as the foremost UK commissioner and driving force of world leading environmental science, pushing the boundaries of our knowledge through investment in ground breaking research and facilities.

Through our collaborations and understanding of the changing nature of the planet over the past 50 years, the research funded by NERC has provided essential insight that continues to inform business and industry, and how we as a society interact and respond knowledgeably to the natural world.

What we do

    NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. We invest £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres.
    Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends - from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space.
    NERC also funds national capability - the large research infrastructure, services, facilities and data centres that enable the research and make its results available. This includes research stations around the globe, a fleet of ships and aircraft, and satellite technology to monitor gradual environmental change on a global scale.
    We also provide what are known as national good services, for example advice to government when there is a national or international environmental emergency such as a flood or earthquake.
    NERC works in partnership with business, government, civil society, the public and the wider research community to shape the environmental research and innovation agenda. Our science provides knowledge, skills and technology that deliver sustainable economic growth and public wellbeing.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


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