NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the driving force of investment in environmental science in the UK. NERC advances the frontier of environmental science by commissioning new research, infrastructure and training that delivers valuable scientific breakthroughs.
NERC is part of UK Research & Innovation - (UKRI), a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. UKRI aims to maximise the contribution of each of its component parts, working individually and collectively. The group work with their many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.
NERC are supported mainly by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), but their activities and funding decisions are independent of government.
NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science, investing £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres.
NERC also funds national capability - the large research infrastructure, services, facilities and data centres that enable the research and make its results available. This includes research stations around the globe, a fleet of ships and aircraft, and satellite technology to monitor gradual environmental change on a global scale.
The organization also provide what are known as national good services, for example advice to government when there is a national or international environmental emergency such as a flood or earthquake.
NERC works in partnership with business, government, civil society, the public and the wider research community to shape the environmental research and innovation agenda. Their science provides knowledge, skills and technology that deliver sustainable economic growth and public wellbeing.