Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Knowledge exchange fellowships

The NERC knowledge exchange (KE) fellowships are intended to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between NERC funded researchers and their stakeholders, partners and user communities with the aim of generating impact from NERC funded research in the priority areas detailed in the NERC delivery plan.

KE fellows can work anywhere between 20% and 100% of their time on a work plan of their own choosing.

Approaches could include:

  • strengthening existing partnerships
  • developing new relationships that lead to collaborative projects
  • identifying the knowledge needs of business, non-governmental organisations and policy makers and feeding these into UKRI-NERC to inform the development of future strategy and funding opportunities
  • researching new market opportunities
  • providing briefings and reports suitable for policymakers and business users
  • public engagement.


Normal fellowship eligibility applies and is in section C of the NERC research grant and fellowships handbook. Research organisation eligibility rules are in section C of the handbook.

Proposals from applicants with diverse backgrounds and experience are encouraged, and there are no limits on amount of postdoctoral experience.

NERC research and fellowship grants for all schemes may be held at approved UK higher education institutions, approved research council institutes (RCIs) and approved independent research organisations (IROs).

Full details of approved RCIs and IROs can be found on the UKRI website.

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).

Further information is available in the announcement of opportunity (PDF, 185KB).


  • Announcement published: 30 September 2020
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 2 December 2020
  • Moderating sift panel meets: January 2021
  • Interviews: March 2021
  • Latest start date for projects: July 2021


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