Digital Solutions

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The NERC Digital Solutions programme aims to work with business and public sector users to exploit the rich diversity and potential of public, and possibly commercial, data to create innovative digital services that deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. 

The Digital Solutions programme will deliver broad, lasting impact through the delivery of economic and societal benefits from data held both by NERC and third parties. To achieve this it will work closely with stakeholders across the non-academic community in order to generate a step-change in the availability and usefulness of data products to users, allowing them to readily exploit this information. The programme will take collaborative approaches towards:

  • Facilitating the acquisition of environmental and multi-disciplinary datasets
  • Delivering impact, both in policy, economic and societal terms from the use of data

Digital Solutions Town Hall Meeting

19 Sep 2019

We are inviting individuals to submit expressions of interests to attend a Town Hall Meeting for the NERC Digital Solutions Programme.


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The Digital Solutions programme will deliver broad, lasting impact through the delivery of economic and societal benefits from data held both by NERC and third parties. To achieve this it will work closely with stakeholders across the non-academic community in order to generate a step-change in the availability and usefulness of data products to users, particularly the business and public sector user base, allowing them to readily exploit this information.

The programme will facilitate access to not only environmental data, but also new and exciting multi-disciplinary datasets. Data will be able to be easily found and accessed by new users from the business and policy communities. Implementation of the FAIR principles for data management will provide a foundation upon which data can be used to unlock new insights. The programme will take inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to the provision of solutions.

The Digital Solutions programme will deliver impact, both in policy and economic terms from the use of data improving outcomes for people as well as the environment. Evidence of this will be provided through the use of case-studies, narratives and data journeys. The programme will be widely regarded as having listened sensitively to the needs of existing and potential users, to have built a cohesive and expanded research, business and policy user community, and to have worked proactively to overcome barriers to uptake and impact. It will become synonymous with fostering service innovation.

Timing

2019 - 2025

Can I apply for a grant?

Applications for the outline stage are now open. The deadline for applications to the outline call is 7 November 2019.

Budget

£5 million programme investment over the financial years 2020 – 2025. In addition up to £3m Capital investment and £2m funding for the NERC EDS is available to support this programme.