International partnerships

NERC works with partners overseas to: agree international research priorities and jointly tackle large-scale environmental research challenges; to access all parts of the Earth in our quest to understand how it works and how it changes; and to make the best use of our resources by aligning national programmes, co-funding calls for proposals, and sharing capability.

NERC's support for international partnerships is embedded across all of our funding streams. For example, we welcome international project partners in all proposals for NERC research grants. NERC research centres, facilities and data centres play significant and influential roles in international science collaborations, as well as negotiating access for UK scientists to a large range of world-renowned resources.

Our activities include:

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Discovery Science

Our work partnering with international funding agencies, enables UK and international researchers to collaborate without facing the 'double jeopardy' in peer review. Discovery Science agreements have been signed with:

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Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding

Funding schemes under the UK government's overseas aid budget, aimed at promoting sustainable growth, prosperity and wellbeing of vulnerable countries; supporting crisis response and resilience; ensuring global peace and security.

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Research in Europe

Helping UK environmental science play a leading role in the development of the European Research Area. For example, working with government partners to inform the priorities of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, and participating in collaborative activities with EU member states to align strategies and pool resources.

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Overseas partnerships

Promoting opportunities for strategic international partnerships through the development of bilateral and multilateral funding schemes. Securing access to world class research infrastructure for UK researchers, through exchange, barter agreements and subscriptions.

Contact us

For any further information about NERC's international role, please contact:

International Team
Natural Environment Research Council
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon, SN2 1EU