NERC signs MoU with global engineering consultancy Arup

7 November 2013

NERC has this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global engineering and design company, Arup, in the first strategic partnership of its kind for the UK's largest funder of environmental science.

NERC and Arup team members

The NERC and Arup teams that helped bring the MoU to fruition. NERC chief executive, Duncan Wingham, and Robert Care, chair of the UK, Middle East & Africa region, Arup signed the MoU.

The MoU details how Arup and NERC will work together to understand the challenges each faces and identify where research may be able to contribute. The agreement will also help shape activities which translate existing scientific knowledge so that it can be used to develop products, services and tools which are valuable to Arup's business.

The collaboration will let Arup access knowledge and expertise drawn from across the £330 million portfolio of NERC-funded activities in UK universities and NERC's research centres.

NERC-funded research produces a wealth of data, knowledge, tools and expertise. A central part of NERC's remit is to work with businesses, policymakers and third-sector organisations to help them make use of these research outcomes.

The arrangement will help NERC build a deeper understanding of the challenges facing Arup to ensure the outputs of its research are relevant to and can be fully exploited by such businesses. These insights will also help NERC design innovation investments that are relevant to similar partners.

Professor Duncan Wingham, chief executive of NERC, said, "Developing new partnerships with UK businesses to help them find and use the environmental science they need to drive innovation is a key aspect of NERC's new strategy. This MoU between NERC and Arup lays the ground for this to happen"

Professor Jeremy Watson, Arup's director of science and technology, said, "Arup is delighted to have signed this MoU with NERC. Arup firmly believes in the benefits of working with research councils which are relevant to our business. The environment is one of our key drivers for our business, so this partnership is particularly relevant to us."

The partnership will run for three years.

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