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Research Office

Funding for KE Activities

How to find Funding for Knowledge Exchange Activities

Here are a few links to some of the major funders of knowledge exchange activities (Research Councils & Government).

We would recommend that you explore these websites, as well as checking them regularly for new opportunities - as specific Knowledge Exchange calls could be opened at anytime:

NERC                    STFC                    EPSRC                

BBSRC                  ESRC                   AHRC                  

MRC                      Technology Strategy Board              

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Also, over-arching information can also be found on the Research Council UK website.

Research Professional

You may also find it useful to explore, which is a funding opportunities database and service to which Durham University subscribes, where you can search for Knowledge Exchange funding opportunities.

If you are using a Durham University campus PC when accessing the site (or you login in with a Durham account), then you will have access to a pre-prepared Knowledge Exchange funding search which you can find under 'Institution Resources'. 

Knowledge Exchange Programmes

The Impact Action Plan, recently published on the NERC website, proposed the establishment of Knowledge Exchange programmes to contribute to the achievement of NERC's strategic objective "to deliver impact from NERC-funded research, data and information by driving knowledge exchange between researchers and users."

Knowledge Exchange (KE) programmes will be in areas where there is significant potential for NERC-funded research to benefit the environment, economy and well-being of society. Their purpose will be to engage users of NERC-funded research and connect them to the NERC community to accelerate the uptake of research and inform future science direction.


Five KE programmes will be established alongside directed KE activity in three further areas. The KE programmes are:

  • Water security;
  • Marine renewable energy.
  • Environmental management for food and agriculture;
  • Resource management (inc. minerals, waste);
  • Financial services risk management and valuation.

The three supported areas are:

  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Managing ecosystem services;
  • Climate services.

The programmes will be supported by the NERC KE Group. For further information, visit: