Funding opportunities

NERC funds a number of schemes to enable researchers to work with partners in business, policy and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), providing access to the latest knowledge and expertise. Each delivers cost-effective research driven by partners' priorities, and creates an opportunity for long-term collaboration with the research base.

To enable NERC researchers and their partners to prepare, these are the calls we currently have confirmed or are very likely to be advertised in 2017.

Current funding calls

Funding call Closing date

Follow-on Fund Pathfinder
Funding to carry out work to develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research for application to any follow-on grants.

Applications accepted all year

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) - external link
Early career researcher transfers knowledge, technology or skills through a project that is jointly supervised by a company and an academic institute (one-three years).

Applications accepted all year

UK Aquaculture Initiative: Collaborative Research & Innovation Projects
A joint BBSRC/NERC call for collaborative research and innovation proposals in aquaculture. £4·4 million is available through this call and it will be the final call funded through the UK Aquaculture Initiative.

Full proposal: 23 January 2018

Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE)
RISE is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location, to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science.

Full proposal: 1 February 2018

Cabinet Office High Level Knowledge Exchange Fellowship
NERC, in partnership with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) of the Cabinet Office, is inviting applications for a Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowship, which will address how policymakers in the resilience and national security fields can draw on NERC science to protect the people of the UK. The fellow will enable CCS to take into account the latest environmental science, demonstrating the value and impact of environmental science within national risk assessment and resilience policymaking.

6 February 2018

Radioactivity & the Environment Knowledge Exchange Fellowship
NERC, the Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management wish to appoint a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Radioactivity & the Environment (RATE) programme, to generate impact from RATE science.

17 April 2018

Innovation Placements
NERC invites applications from existing researchers to apply for 3 to 12 month placements based in non-academic organisations. Projects must fall within the NERC remit and must identify clear examples of where environmental research, data and skills can be used to make a difference.

4 July 2018

Future funding calls

Funding call Indicative date call opens

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships
Knowledge Exchange Fellowships focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in the quality of our lives. Opening February 2018, closing April 2018.

February 2018

Innovation Team