Our portfolio

We fund excellent, peer-reviewed environmental science that helps us:

  • understand and predict how our planet works
  • manage our environment responsibly as we pursue new ways of living, doing business, escaping poverty and growing economies.


NERC's remit includes terrestrial, marine, freshwater, science-based archaeology, atmospheric and polar sciences, and Earth observation. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends.

Strategic research design

NERC’s Delivery Plan, sets out our ambition to lead a broad and diverse research community to bring about the environmental solutions needed to foster a productive, healthy and resilient environment, such as clean air and water, limiting climate warming, a circular economy, and diverse ecosystems.