International and Strategic Partnerships Office


BAS British Antarctic Survey (NERC)

BBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BGS British Geological Survey (NERC)

CCLRC Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

CEH Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (NERC)

CSA Chief Scientific Adviser

DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DGRC Director General of the Research Councils

DTI Department of Trade and Industry

EA Environment Agency

EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

ERFF Environment Research Funders Forum

ESF European Science Foundation

ESRC Economic and Social Research Council

ESSC Environmental Systems Science Centre

FP6/FP7 The European Commission Framework programmes 6 , 7(commenced 2007) 

HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council for England

HEIs Higher Education Institutions

HPC High Performance Computing

IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program

JIF Joint Infrastructure Fund (OST/Wellcome Trust)

MBA Marine Biological Association

MRC Medical Research Council

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

NEB NERC Executive Board

NIEeS National Institute for Environmental eScience

NOCS National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (formerly SOC)

Oceans2025 The NERC Programme of marine strategic research 2007-2012

OPMs Output and Performance Measures

OSI Office of Science and Innovation (DTI)

PML Plymouth Marine Laboratory

POL Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory

PPARC Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

QUEST Quantifying the Earth System

RAE Research Assessment Exercise

RCUK Research Councils UK

SAHFOS Sir Alaster Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

SAMS Scottish Association for Marine Sciences

SBRI Small Business Research Initiative

SISB NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board

SMA Science and Management Audit

SMRU Sea Mammal Research Unit

SOC Southampton Oceanography Centre (former name of NOC)