NERC reviews national capability services

13 December 2017

In September 2017, NERC completed a review of its national capability services and facilities. Following this review, and consultation with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and other delivery partners, NERC will no longer fund the NERC Facility for Scientific Diving (NFSD) after 31 March 2018.

Environmental researchers across the NERC portfolio will continue to access dive support via the grant process utilising existing UK and international suppliers. Current NERC grant holders with existing dive capability agreements through the NFSD should contact NERC to discuss future arrangements and the options available for them.

The NFSD, based in Oban at SAMS, provides divers with equipment, training, scientific and technical support across a range of interdisciplinary research in the underwater environment. These services and a wider range of diving services are now available from alternative providers across the UK, which will be available for NERC environmental researchers to access.