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.

Societal challenges

NERC research plays a critical role in meeting the 21st century's great challenge - to improve our quality of life and grow economies whilst living within the Earth's limits.

Strategic research design

NERC's strategy identifies where research is most needed; to benefit from natural resources and ecosystem services, build resilience to environmental hazards and manage environmental change.