Disciplines (NERC only)

The NERC management system for administering and processing research grants and training awards includes a four-part section to accommodate a science classification.

The classification scheme is NERC-wide and spans the whole range of Earth System Science supported by Council, both in the academic community and within NERC's Research Centres. NERC can only accept application forms that have been fully completed, including all relevant parts of the classification section.

1. Science Area

Please indicate within which science area or areas your application falls and indicate percentage relevance (totalling 100%).

2. Secondary Classification

Please put a tick in the box under any heading that is appropriate to your project (Earth Observation, Science-based Archaeology, Arctic Polar science, Antarctic Polar science, part of a cross research council programme or a co-funded project). You may tick any number of relevant boxes, or leave this part blank.

3. Environmental & Natural Resource Issues (ENRI)

You are asked to indicate the percentage relevance to one or more of the ENRIs in this part of the classification scheme (totalling 100%), that best describe the environmental context of your application. The definitions are set out below:

Biodiversity - understanding the factors determining biological diversity, living and past, its functional significance and the implications for conservation strategies and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Environmental risks and hazards - predicting and assessing extreme natural events (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land instability, storms and floods) and other potential hazards to the environment (such as the release of genetically modified or non-native organisms) and their implications for human and environmental safety.

Global change - understanding and predicting global change on a range of time and space scales, the impacts of change on the environment and the implications for human health and sustainable development.

Natural resource management - understanding the functioning of earth, land, freshwater, coastal and marine systems. Identification of renewable and non-renewable resource potential, assessment of the impacts of their exploitation and environmentally sustainable management.

Pollution and waste - understanding the factors that influence environmental quality; assessing the implications of pollution and waste in relation to environmental and human health; and contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable waste management and remediation strategies.