Facts and figures

NERC is funded mainly by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, but we also receive support from other government departments and much of our research is co-funded by private and public-sector partners.

We support:

  • 3,000 scientists and 1,000 PhD students.
  • 1,000 research projects and 60 UK or international programmes.
  • 55 universities and 20 research institutes.
  • UK research capability including four ships, seven aircraft, six polar stations, six data centres and 32 research community facilities.

NERC invests in environmental science across the UK, with more than 70% spent outside London and the South East.