N. E.R.C. National Environment Research Council
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
(Dstl), with the
Board, are running a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to develop technology-enabled solutions addressing long endurance marine unmanned surface vehicles. Strategic plans of both of these organisations call for new capabilities in marine
robotics, for environmental research and for defence and security respectively.
Recognizing their common interests, and the potential for dual-use technology to enable persistent presence in the marine environment, innovative solutions are sought from industry.
Phase 2 competition winners (left) MOST AV Ltd of Chichester and (right) ASV Global Ltd of Portchester.
NERC IMPACT AWARDS 2015
To mark its 50th anniversary, NERC is pleased to announce its inaugural Impact
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic benefit.
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact outside the UK.
Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact within the UK or internationally.
The impactful research and/or knowledge exchange and translation activity has been, or is currently funded by NERC.
Have met all conditions of their funding to date.
Early Career Impact Award: applicants must be a current NERC-funded PhD student or have no more than eight years of full-time work experience from the PhD certificate date to the closing date of the competition.
The next generation of ocean-going robotic vehicles will be developed by two cutting-edge technology companies from the South Coast of England, working with the UK’s National Oceanography Centre.
The competition open and close dates 17 September to 5 November 2012, were so incredibly tight, that only those in the local community had any chance of applying. Criticism was leveled at NERC on this issue. Hence, the term 'competition' is used in the broadest possible sense. Unless that is, there was a national advertising campaign that we are not aware of?
COLLABORATING WITH NOC
Collaboration with industry adds to the continued success of the National Oceanography Centre. By working with the Centre's scientists you will have access to:
* new ideas and emerging technologies from a wide range of oceanographic and geological disciplines
* a wealth of expert knowledge
* specialised equipment
* links with other Natural Environment Research Council centres and the University of Southampton.
The Centre already has strong links with a variety of businesses including the themed research below, but we are actively developing links with a whole range of commercial sectors to ensure that our science is relevant to business needs.
* Partnership In Ocean Security (PIOS)
NOC encourage partnerships between public sector and industry throughout the research cycle, from design through execution to exploitation. As well as commissioned research, you could join a collaborative research programme where we can leverage access to research funding.
Projects could range from the planning, design and execution of full ocean surveys through to providing expert scientific or technological advice during a few days consultancy. There a variety of ways for organisations to access our research outputs and to participate in collaborations with us, for details of the full range of mechanisms please see our Working with NOC page.
Some examples can be found on our Impacts and Case studies page.
An Undergraduate, masters or PhD programme influenced by your company’s research requirement conducted at NOC under the supervision of an academic and the company.
Access funding to use our training and exchange opportunities
You could help to provide - and benefit from - an industrial training opportunity. The following schemes are available which NOC needs industrial partners for:
Collaborative Awards in Science & Engineering (CASE) Open Studentships
The CASE Studentship Open Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research.
A CASE studentship is a PhD studentship during which the student enhances their training by spending between 3 and 18 months with the CASE partner in a workplace outside the academic environment.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance.
A KTP achieves this through the forming of a Partnership between your business and an academic institution (such as university, further education college or research and technology organisation), enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your business develop.
Royal Society Industry Fellowship schemes
The Industry Fellowship scheme promotes the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry by establishing personal and corporate links between the two sectors. This should act as a foundation for long-term collaboration and development.
NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowships
Part time Knowledge Exchange Fellowships are available in any area of policy, business or third sector with the aim of boosting the impact of any type of NERC funded science.
Research Council and European Commission Research Grants
We encourage partnerships between public sector research and industry throughout the entire research lifecycle, from design through execution to exploitation. Joining a project as a Project Partner, Steering Committee member or providing a letter of support can help ensure the science we undertake is focussed to be relevant to your interests.
Industry research funding
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the national innovation agency whose goal is to accelerate UK economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. TSB brings organisations together from the business and research communities to focus on opportunities, and investing in the development of new technology-based products and services for future markets.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a UK-based public-private partnership formed from global industries and the UK Government. It operates at large-scale and is tasked with developing and demonstrating engineering and technology that will help the UK meet its legally binding 2050 carbon reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.
The Centre also has a strong record of transferring technologies to companies, through collaborative projects and licensing opportunities, to bring innovative products to the market place.
Administration of research grants, fellowships and training grants
The UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS) - formerly the RCUK Shared Services Centre (SSC) - is responsible for the processing of grants (research grants, fellowships and training grants) on NERC's behalf.
All process queries should be sent to the contacts below:
Je-S registration, submitting applications and maintenance requests
email@example.com 01793 444164
Questions relating to peer reviewing and peer review meetings (panels, boards, etc)
firstname.lastname@example.org 01793 867018
Questions on maintenance and updates to existing awards
email@example.com 01793 867121
Enquiries related to individual studentships funded on NERC grants should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, not UKSBS.
You can use the Research Councils' Joint electronic submissions (Je-S) to manage your current NERC grants.
NERC funding awards policy
For advice on NERC funding awards policy, or to make a complaint concerning research grants, training awards, fellowships and peer review, please send your query in an email to the following NERC teams:
Enquiries about studentships should be sent to email@example.com.
For urgent queries please contact:
Enquiries about fellowships should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent queries please contact:
Enquiries about grants should be sent to email@example.com.
For urgent queries please contact:
Enquiries about NERC's assessment processes and peer review should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent queries please contact:
NERC science area contacts
science - Head
Joanne Donahoe, Asst Dir Fundraising: email@example.com.
Business Development team: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS & REFERENCE
Funding across research councils
Knowledge Exchange fellowships
Royal Society industry fellowships
Strategic Research Impact Scheme
Doctoral training partnerships
Large grants associated studentships
Research programme grants associated studentships
Research programme competition studentships
AO - Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS)
Advanced Training Short Courses
AO 2014-15 Advanced Training Short Courses
Research experience placements
Independent Research Fellowships
Environmental Big Data Capital
Strategic Environmental Science
NERC Strategic Environmental Science Capital funding
Changes to responsive mode peer review processes
Business, Policy and third sector internships in the Marine Renewable Energy sector.
Chair of the Strategic Programme Advisory Group
Research organisation eligibility
Guidance for reviewers & introducers
Developing and submitting ideas for strategic research
New web app supports smart agriculture
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
The International Bioenergy Conference
Analytical Science & Technology
AO - Improving modelling capability
Earth System Modelling Strategy
Environmental Microbiology & Human Health
Environmental Nanoscience Initiative
Environmental Virtual Observatory
Flooding from Intense Rainfall
AO - Global Climate Model Development for Africa 2014
AO - Regional Consortium Grants 2014
Human-modified Tropical Forests
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards
AO - Site Survey Investigations
Observations & Modelling of the TTL
UPGro - Consortium AO - Full proposals
Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls
Sustainable Marine Bioresources Initiative
Applying to use the facilities
International Opportunities Fund
Coastal vulnerability & freshwater security
Food security & land use change
Announcement of Opportunity 2014
Environmental Information Strategy
Environmental Risks to Infrastructure
Building on PURE Associates funding call
NERC Training Advisory Group (TAG)
Become an environmental scientist
Tools developed to capture value of nature
AHRC joins NERC-BBSRC policy internships
Large facility requirements survey
Call for ideas - Strategic research priorities
Implementing the new NERC strategy
New collaborative research programme climate change negotiations
NERC's new approach to strategic research
New Chair for Strategic Programme Advisory Group
NERC introduces Unconscious Bias Training
New Chair for Training Advisory Group
UK environmental science leads the world
Ownership and governance of NERC centres
Evaluation of NERC Centres 2013
42,000 research projects available business public - Gateway
Timelines highlight UK contributions to eight great technologies
Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet conference
Celebrating 50 years of the Biological Records Centre
NCEO and CEOI Joint Science Conference
Business performance management
Strategic planning & management
Demonstrating our effectiveness
The UK's seven research councils unite to fight AMR
UK science trio called to Washington ocean summit
JASMIN - Environmental science supercomputer upgraded
RCUK commits £14m to UK Energy Research Centre
NERC commits to research with China
Working together to solve sustainable agriculture challenges
New polar research ship for UK
New Centre for Environmental Geochemistry to open in Nottingham
NERC Research Centre achieves bronze Athena SWAN award
New research projects announced to help save UK forests woods trees
Study effects recent winter storms' impact southwest UK
Report highlights NERC achievements
UK water technology sector to boost economy by £8.8bn by 2030
NERC invests scheme solve business problems environmental data
Science budget allocations 2015-16
NERC signs MoU with multinational energy company Shell
NERC invests £4.6 million in Big Data
Research effects storm surges sand dunes aid coastal management
Entrepreneurial scientists scoop prize money at competition finals
NERC announces the winner of its first photo and essay competition
NERC supports growth responsible environmental management energy
Better modelling of tsunami zones could help insurance quotes
NERC signs MoU with global engineering consultancy Arup
NERC invests £100m in environmental science doctoral training
New Earth and Marine Science and Technology centre
Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals
Killer whales may have menopause so grandma can look after the kids
Iron in the Earth's core weakens before melting
Science Minister announces projects to monitor ocean currents
Royal Research Ship Discovery to be named by HRH The Princess Royal
Stress a key factor in causing bee colonies to fail
Giant channels discovered beneath Antarctic ice shelf
Female flies keep mating within the family
New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth
Report highlights radical change needed to tackle avoidable food waste
British public split on nuclear power
Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle
Achilles' heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal
New research shows that the 'landslides season' is changing
Hottest days have warmed four times more than the global average
Ambitious science mission sets off for Antarctica
Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles
Study offers new insight into how cheetahs catch their prey
Researchers pinpoint when the First Dynasty of kings ruled early Egypt
NERC embraces European bioinformatics
Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet
Robotic food helps scientists understand predators
St Andrews ecologist wins photo prize
European hunter-gatherers owned pigs as early as 4600BC
Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed
Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats
Human foot not as unique as originally thought
Alpha males don't have all the advantages
Science spin-out adds colour to forest measurements
Beetles dish out tough love to curb greedy offspring
Plants can change greenhouse gas emissions after warming
Research shows how females choose the 'right' sperm
New web tool improves rapid ash cloud forecasts
Ancient mammal relatives cast light on recovery after mass extinction
Bright birds make good mothers
Wildflowers sown across Bristol to encourage insect life
Global investigation reveals true scale of ocean warming
'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity
Bacteria hold the clues to trade-offs in financial investments evolution
Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system
Study reveals brown trout's tolerance to heavily polluted water
British forests still feel the impact of the 1976 drought
NERC welcomes the UK's strategy for agricultural technologies
Ground-breaking agri-science research showcased in new timeline
Loss of African woodland may impact on climate, study reveals
Scientists discover new variability in iron supply to the oceans
Bees under threat from bumblebee imports
Fossil shows fish had sucker on its back
Latest research defines values which determine public acceptance of energy system change
Manure was used by Europe's first farmers 8,000 years ago
Pentland Firth turbines generate "half of Scotland's electricity"
Greenland ice sheet contribution sea level increase over next 200 years
New ship for UK marine science handed over to NERC
Birds outpace climate change to avoid extinction
Finding the Goldilocks sites to store CO2 underground
Earthworms could help scientists 'dig' into past climates
Rocks can restore our climate - after 300,000 years
Female scientists campaign for change in gender inequality in science
Evidence suggests Antarctic crabs could be native
University of East Anglia research reveals true cost of farming to UK economy
Harvesting sustainable chemicals and energy and sea
NERC funded professor wins 2013 Martha T Muse Prize
CryoSat maps biggest ever flood beneath Antarctica
The quantum secret to alcohol reactions in space
RCUK welcomes government's investment plans capital infrastructure
Flood Force film launched by Living With Environmental Change
Shale gas resource figure released
NERC research centres among the world's top 100
Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles
Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed
Treating infection may have sting in the tail, parasite study shows
Current affairs make life hard for stickleback dads
New appointments to the Natural Environment Research Council
Funders have joined forces to offer £4.5m for research into soil ecosystems
Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars
Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack
BIOMASS mission given go ahead to launch in 2020
CryoSat-2 mission reveals major Arctic sea-ice loss
UK and USA collaborate in airborne climate science projects
Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security
MARINE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS A-Z
Australian Maritime - British Ocean Data Centre - Geneve - Hawaii Renewable - NERC - Newcastle Naval
NOC Oceanographic - Plymouth - Portsmouth - Queensland - Seoul Naval - SOTON
Marine - Sussex
Delft - USP South
Pacific - Webb
By cutting the cost of oceanographic survey and speeding up data collection, we will learn more about the oceans, for which the Bluefish ZCC platform could be the ideal robotic ocean workhorse. Based on a stable SWASH hull this design is under development by British engineers. This robot ship uses no diesel fuel to monitor the oceans autonomously at relatively high speeds 24/7 and 365 days a year - only possible with the revolutionary energy harvesting system. The modular hullform is adaptable for automatic release and recovery of AUVs, ROVs or towed arrays, alternating between drone and fully autonomous modes. This vessel could pay for itself in fuel saved every ten years.
BIOLOGICAL SAMPLING - A Bluefish ZCC can be manned or unmanned. It is a scientific work station. Depending on specification, this incredibly versatile design can be put to most uses, even collecting and transporting live samples, with a modified ROV dock - used as a capture and holding tank for marine life, instead of housing a dedicated submersible.
This ship uses no diesel fuel in the quest to monitor the oceans at relatively high cruising speeds of between 7-10 knots, 24/7 and 365 days a year. What makes all of this possible is the revolutionary energy harvesting system that provides a power to weight ratio of more than 3kW per ton, with up to 7kW per ton being attainable using more exotic materials. That gives oceanographers the power to do more.
OIL SPILLS - Dedicated versions of the Bluefish ZCC platform could be deployed as oil clean-up robots, to cope with disasters like the Deepwater Horizon.
PLASTIC OCEANS - Adapted ZCCs operating in SeaNet fashion, could form a fleet to clean up the oceans of harmful waste that is estimated to be some 269,000 tons in size across an area roughly the size of Texas.
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