The UK leads the world on research quality in environmental science. NERC discovery science spans the full breadth of sciences and methodologies required to advance our understanding of the Earth system and to reveal people’s impact on environmental processes. It is driving policy change and catalysing innovation in the UK and worldwide.
Members of NERC’s peer review college are researchers within the environmental science community, who are usually familiar with the NERC funding assessment process.
The majority are academics based at universities, research organisations and NERC research centres. However, applications are also encouraged from those who are involved in environmental science research from a policy or applied perspective and have a strong interest in NERC science, its use and impact.
Members agree to review up to 8 proposals per year. There is no limit to the number of meetings members may be asked to attend, but NERC will not normally issue more than 3 requests per year.
Experience and expertise
We are looking for researchers:
- with experience in all types of environmental science and researchers
- who work at the interface with other councils or who consider themselves to work across disciplines
- who are happy to review multi-disciplinary proposals
We would like to improve membership covering some specific areas of expertise:
- air pollution and quality
- geological hazards
- geothermal systems
- forest carbon sequestration
- machine learning
- marine extreme events
- marine microbiology, primary production, and marine biochemistry
- riverine ecosystems, toxicology
- soil health
- tropical forest ecology (above and below ground carbon stocks)
Diversity and inclusion
NERC is committed to enabling environmental science to be more diverse and inclusive. An organisation’s success and competitiveness depends on its ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of its people.
The potential rewards of diversity are significant: utilising talent from the widest possible pool can make a major contribution to the impact of research and will benefit the economic and social wellbeing of the UK.
Applications across the NERC disciplinary remit are strongly encouraged from those who:
- identify as an ethnic minority
- have a disability
- have diverse gender identities and expressions
- identify with other groups who are currently underrepresented
NERC is pleased to discuss concerns a potential applicant might have about whether they can actively participate in the college, and to consider reasonable adjustments that enable individuals to apply.