NERC Joins Enterprise Fellowships as New Funder

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have joined Scottish Enterprise, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support the RSE’s prestigious commercialisation award; Enterprise Fellowships.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to grow into successful entrepreneurs. For the duration of the Fellowship, awardees are able to focus solely on refining their business ideas whilst experiencing some of best commercial training available in the United Kingdom.

Established in 1997, the Fellowship has supported more than 200 researchers to develop and launch new businesses. Companies have been formed across a wide range of fields, from tidal energy generation to next generation therapeutic biologics; menstrual hygiene products to virtual reality audio technology.

NERC-supported Enterprise Fellowships will support researchers working within the NERC’s remit of terrestrial, marine, freshwater, science-based archaeology, atmospheric and polar sciences, and Earth observation. These one year Fellowships are open to those based in the UK who study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends. There is no requirement for applicants to have been involved in research projects previously funded by NERC, but the project for commercialisation should fit within the NERC’s remit.