Remit, programmes and priorities - NERC


Our research portfolio and priorities

NERC’s delivery plan sets out our ambition to lead our research community in working towards solutions for a productive, healthy and resilient environment.

This ambition informs the programmes we fund. Many of our programmes are funded jointly with other councils or partners, both in the UK and internationally.

NERC’s current programmes include:

Browse all NERC programmes, partnerships and activities.

Our strategic research portfolio

NERC’s strategic research funding supports research into environmental areas of major economic and societal importance. It aims to address key science challenges and priorities for the 21st century.

Find out more about how we manage our strategic research portfolio.

Our national capability activities

NERC’s national capability activities help the UK to support national strategic needs, respond to emergencies and deliver world-leading environmental science.

This includes funding and delivering:

  • scientific research
  • large-scale research infrastructure
  • services, facilities and data
  • activities for the national and public good.

Find out more about our funding for national capability.

Our capital delivery activities

We invest in the facilities, equipment and infrastructure needed to support world-class environmental science.

Find out more about our capital funding.

Last updated: 24 January 2022

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