Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG)

NERC is adapting its governance and advisory structures to provide increased agility and broader expertise in light of new opportunities within UK Research & Innovation.

To complete the governance transition, SPAG formally ended in January 2019.

SPAG has supported the allocation of £121 million in new research over its five-year lifespan, which to date has funded 59 research projects, with further calls to come. SPAG was instrumental in developing NERC's key investments in areas of environmental research that address critical strategic issues. Through the four strategic programme areas and 22 highlight topics funded to date, SPAG has created timely opportunities for the breadth of the environmental science community to tackle a range of important challenges.

From September 2019, a new NERC Advisory Network (NAN) will provide a retained, agile and flexible pool of expertise that can be drawn on for strategic or policy advice on specific issues.