NERC have just published their Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20. All Research Councils publish Delivery Plans as a final product of Government Spending Review. The Plans set out each Council’s funding priorities and outline the activities that they intend to undertake over a given period i.e. this is the document gives some genuine signposts as to what is coming up over next couple of years. We’ve provided a summary below.
The full document is available HERE.
- Strategic priorities will enable UK business, government and citizens to: Benefit from natural resources; Build resilience to environmental hazards; Manage environment change; Discover new knowledge; and Promote sustainable development.
- Investment priorities include: Sustainable food production; Renewable energy; Strategic research to assess UK natural capital; Underground energy security and innovation; Environmental hazards; and local and global Earth systems.
- Launching of new CDTs in: the use of smart and autonomous observation technology for environmental science (2016/17); modelling and quantitative skills in ecology and evolution (2018/19).
- Invest in the UK research capabilities: large research infrastructure; scientific services and facilities; and data centres and high-performance computing.
- By 2017/18, £10M pa of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will be allocated directly to NERC. This will be invested in the following strategic programmes: Improving climate modelsfor sustainable resource use in Africa and Asia; Tackling air pollution in Asian mega-citties; and understanding impacts of El Nino and La Nina.
- From 2016/17 a dedicated funding line to commission public engagement activities will be established.
- Will shape and lead international research agendas and partnerships e.g. Newton Fund, H2020 and JPI.