Technology Proof of Concept

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The Technologies Proof of Concept programme is a NERC research programme that will support the development of new and innovative technologies for environmental science. The programme initially ran from 2008-2012. NERC has now launched a second five-year phase of the programme (2014-2018). The programme will provide funding for proof of concept projects at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 to 4.

Technology Proof of Concept - Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date: 17 Feb

18 Dec 2015

NERC invites applications to the fourth grants round on the Technology Proof of Concept programme.

NERC's 2007-2012 strategy 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth' identified technology development as one of the key areas NERC needed to support in order to deliver the aims and objectives of the strategy. To reflect this NERC's previous strategy included a dedicated Technologies Theme and an associated Theme Action Plan. One of the actions from the first Technologies Theme Action Plan was a research programme to fund the development of new and innovative technology concepts with potential applications to environmental science. The need for continued investment in developing and proving new technologies has not diminished. Therefore, NERC approved a second phase of funding in 2013 for this programme.

The rationale behind enhancing such activity is that it fosters a dynamic and vibrant research base within both HEIs and NERC Research and Collaborative Centres where high risk - high reward technologies can be developed.

The second phase of the programme will have two funding rounds during the five-years of the programme (2014-2018) and will provide funding for proof of concept projects at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 to 4. A broad range of projects across the NERC remit are considered suitable for this programme (from paper studies to laboratory experiments).

Definition of Technology Readiness Levels - external link


2008 - 2012 and 2014 -2018

Can I apply for a grant?

The fourth funding call has now closed and no further calls are currently planned.


£2m is available for the fourth call.

Programme Awards

Award details are shown in our online grants browser - Grants on the Web.

View details of funded applications - external link