National capability

National capability lets the UK deliver world-leading environmental science, support national strategic needs, and respond to emergencies. It includes the research and development activities which keeps this capability at the cutting edge.

NERC provides national capability by supporting:

  • national capability science
  • services, facilities and data
  • large research infrastructure
  • national and public good

Research centres and facilities

NERC research centres and other service and facilities providers play a leading role in managing and delivering this capability for the UK. These are strategic investments that generally take place over the long term, and will rarely be subject to open competition.