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.

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

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

Innovation Projects Call
The Innovation Projects Open Call reflects NERC's vision and emphasis on delivering impact, supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity, and enabling research outputs from research council-funded research to be taken further and developed into practical (non-commercial) application that achieves impact within the NERC remit.

Call opens on Je-S: 4 July 2018

Innovation Follow-on Fund Call
The Innovation Follow-on funding call is a 'proof of concept' fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from NERC or other research council-funded research. The call picks up where research grants leave off, enabling research outputs from research council-funded research to be further developed and translated into commercial outcomes within the NERC remit.

Call opens on Je-S: 4 July 2018

Innovation Programme in Oil and Gas
The final funding call for the Innovation Programme in Oil and Gas will focus on environmental data.

Autumn 2018

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure
This will be the final funding call for the Innovation Programme in Environmental Risks to Infrastructure.

Winter 2018

Innovation Team