Responsible research policy
Through our funding processes, we seek to make a positive contribution to society and the environment, not just through research outputs and outcomes but through the way that research is conducted and facilities are managed.
All NERC grant holders are to adopt responsible research practices as set-out in the NERC responsible business statement.
Responsible research is defined as reducing harm and enhancing benefit on the environment and society through effective management of research activities and facilities. Specifically, this covers:
- the natural environment
- the local community
- equality, diversity and inclusion.
Grant holders should consider the responsible research context of their project, not the host institution as a whole, and take action to enhance their responsible research approach where practical and reasonable.
Disbursement of funds
Successful projects will be funded via a one-off payment up to a maximum of £75,000. Lead institutions must invoice NERC for the cost of the project by 16 February 2022 to ensure payment. Lead institutions will be responsible for distributing the finance to other organisations involved as necessary.
Funds will be transferred to the successful principal investigator’s research organisation in the first instance. It is then the responsibility of that organisation to disburse funds to the costed members of the partnership team.
The UK research organisation awarded the grant is responsible for the conduct and administration of the grant. It is accountable for the effective use of public funds and must therefore ensure that all grant monies are subject to proper financial management processes.
It is the research organisation’s responsibility to ensure that expenditure on collaborations is subject to robust controls. This is to ensure value for money and propriety and that all costs should be fully vouched and maintained for possible inspection and checks by, or on behalf of, UKRI.
NERC research grants and fellowship handbook
NERC Environmental Data Service