Partnerships with overseas funders through research programmes and national capability enable us to pool our resources around common strategic challenges.
Several NERC research programmes benefit from joint Announcements of Opportunity for funding with overseas partners, that provide UK researchers with unique access to overseas systems and allow UK and overseas researchers to collaborate on joint projects without facing double jeopardy in peer review.
Through the RAPID and RAPIDWATCH programmes NERC collaborates with the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to co-deliver an array of sensors across the Atlantic to monitor and understand changes to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation The financial value of funds leveraged through this partnership, currently agreed until 2020, is estimated at $20 million.
Capitalising on UK and Indian mutual strengths in research to predict changes to the South Asian Monsoon, we have partnered on two joint calls with the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences to address the Changing Water Cycle and Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon.
NERC's support of world-leading research on tropical forests and their role in biogeochemical cycling was recently enhanced through a joint call with the Research Foundation of São Paulo Brazil (FAPESP) as part of the NERC programme on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Functioning in Human Modified Tropical Forests.
International partnerships allow us to complement core NERC national capability, providing cost-effective community access to world-class infrastructure overseas. Some examples include:
Working with the European Strategic Framework for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) - external link to prioritise and coordinate implementation of major environmental research infrastructure with other European Union Member states.
Coordinating operation of our instrumented aircraft, research vessels and major marine equipment with other countries, through membership of groups such as the European Facility for Airborne Research (EUFAR) and the Oceans Facilities Exchange Group (OFEG).
Subscriptions to, and a role in the governance of, large scale infrastructure, such as the European Incoherent Scatter Radar (EISCAT) and ocean drilling platforms through the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP). Over the past ten years NERC has invested $47 million in IODP, enabling us to participate in and influence a $2 billion programme.
An agreement with NASA to partner in the $25 million NASA Earth Venture Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission, deploying the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in joint operations with the NERC/Met Office FAAM BAe 146 atmospheric research aircraft.
This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries.
The nature of our 21st century development challenges requires a shift in thinking and action that will better prepare us for the future, while enabling more effective development interventions today.