This initial call for the Oil and Gas Innovation Programme focuses on decommissioning - and its environmental management.

NERC will invest up to £1m in a cohort of projects lasting six to 12 months which translate existing NERC-remit science in the following theme areas:

  • Development of baselines (proxies) and innovative monitoring techniques and approaches.
  • Data management, sharing, access and collaboration.
  • Impact of man-made structures on the natural environment and options for decommissioning.
  • Innovative options for alternative use or extending the life of structures.

All proposals must involve end-users (ie private, public or third sector organisations or institutions, private industry, public bodies, non-government organisations or charities). Proposals should demonstrate the end-user's problem, how science can be applied to develop a 'solution' and the impact that the project will have on the end-user organisation.

All costs will be funded at 80% Full Economic Cost (FEC).

Successful projects should start on 1 April 2016.

Deadline for applications: 16:00 on 3 December 2015

Applicants should refer to the full Announcement of Opportunity for further details.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 323KB)

Decommissioning case for support template (Word, 632KB)


To discuss proposal ideas, or for any other queries please contact:

Judith Youziel
Innovation Programme Officer
01793 442896

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