Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
"NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.
We invest public money in world-leading science, designed to help us sustain and benefit from our natural resources, predict and respond to natural hazards and understand environmental change. We work closely with policymakers and industry to make sure our knowledge can support sustainable economic growth and wellbeing in the UK and around the world.
We are supported mainly by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) however our activities and funding decisions are independent of government."