Research programmes

Use the links below to find out more about NERC's current research programmes. You can also view the findings and final reports of completed programmes.

Analytical Science & Technology

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World

Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in a Developing Megacity

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS)

Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience (BETR)

Building Resilience to Environmental Hazards

Changing Arctic Ocean: Implications for marine biology & biogeochemistry

Changing the Environment

Clean Air

Climate and Environmental Risk Analytics for Resilient Finance (CERAF)

Completed programmes

Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica

Drivers of Variability in Atmospheric Circulation

Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon

Earth System Modelling Strategy (ESM)

Ecological Consequences of Offshore Wind (ECOWind)

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Emerging Risks of Chemicals in the Environment

Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Environmental & Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases (ESEI)

Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources

Flooding from Intense Rainfall

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA)

Future of UK Treescapes

Ganga Delta - Bay of Bengal Interactions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Feedbacks

Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators: Directorate Hub

Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere

Hidden histories programme

Highlight topic funding rounds

Human-modified Tropical Forests

Ice Sheet Stability

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions

India-UK Tackling AMR in the Environment from Antimicrobial Manufacturing Waste

India-UK Water Quality

Influence of Man-made Structures in the Ecosystem (INSITE)

International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP)

Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP)

Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets

Latin American Biodiversity Programme: Biodiversity - Ecosystem services for sustainable development

Marine Ecosystems

Marine Integrated Autonomous Observing Systems

Marine Sensors Proof of Concept

Mathematics & Informatics for Environmental Omic Data Synthesis (Omics)

Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) - The international Arctic drift expedition

Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange

Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards

Radioactivity & the Environment (RATE)

RAPID Climate Change - Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (RAPID-AMOC)

Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries

Resource Recovery From Waste: Challenges for the health of the environment

Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System (RoSES)

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR)

Security of Supply of Mineral Resources

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry

Signals in the Soil

Soil Security

Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR)

Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite calibration and validation (cal/val)

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable Gas Futures

Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources

Sustainable Mineral Resources in the Philippines (Sustainable Minerals)

Sustaining Water Resources for Food, Energy & Ecosystem Services (SWR)

The Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme

The Changing North Atlantic Ocean and its Impact on Climate

Thwaites - The Future of Thwaites Glacier & its Contribution to Sea-level Rise

UK Climate Resilience

UK Droughts & Water Scarcity

Uncertainty in Climate Sensitivity due to Clouds

Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System: Environmental & socio-economic impacts & processes

Understanding & Predicting the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer

Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection across Scales

Understanding & Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources

Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia

Understanding the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management

Understanding the Impact of Plastic Pollution on Marine Ecosystems in South East Asia (South-East Asia Plastics (SEAP))

Understanding the Pathways to and Impacts of a 1.5°C Rise in Global Temperature

Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro)

Using Critical Zone Science to Understand Sustaining the Ecosystem Service of Soil & Water (CZO)

Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways

Valuing Nature

Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet

Wallacea Region - Understanding biodiversity & evolutionary responses to environmental change