Our strategy, science and funding decisions are built on partnerships:

  • We work with universities and research centres to sustain world-leading research that delivers value and impact for the UK economy and society.

  • We work with business to support UK ambitions for growth, resilience in a changing world and responsible management of the environment.

  • We collaborate with government and civil society to fulfil our role of providing scientific advice to policymakers.

  • We pool resources with other nations to address complex and shared environmental challenges, from sustaining healthy water supplies to understanding the implications of rapid warming in the Arctic.

Innovation partnerships

We help users across all sectors of business, government and society to find and use world-class environmental science so they can deliver innovation and economic growth with responsible environmental management.

International partnerships

NERC works with partners overseas to jointly tackle large-scale environmental research challenges and to make the best use of our resources by aligning national programmes, co-funding calls for proposals and sharing capability.

National partnerships

NERC works in partnership with UK public sector and civil society organisations across all four UK nations to enable world-leading research and innovation that addresses real-world challenges.

Research & Innovation for our Dynamic Environment (RIDE) Forum

The RIDE Forum (which has evolved from the Living With Environmental Change partnership) is a network of 19 UK public-sector organisations that have a stake in environmental change research, innovation, training and capabilities.