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NERC Consultancy Innovation Programme

Part of the Edinburgh Earth and Environment Doctoral Training Partnership - funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

ECCI delivers the business and public policy-facing component of the programme.

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Based at the University of Edinburgh, NERC E4 DTP brings together 28 partners and more than 200 supervisors. Collectively, their research expertise spans the full spectrum of earth and environmental sciences.

What E4 DTP offers

The programme is led by the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, and offers the following:

  • An outstanding research environment with world-leading researchers and research facilities.
  • A multidisciplinary and collaborative approach.
  • The promotion of transferable skills, with access to internships, facilities and training.
  • A concentration of resources in the Edinburgh region.


As an E4 DTP student, you can get a fully-funded PhD studentship for a minimum of 3.5 years (42 months). It covers stipend and fees as well as research costs.

“The project has helped me to see the advantages of doctoral training in solving a range of critical problems outside of an academic context.”' Andrew, NERC E3 DTP student

ECCI’S NERC Consultancy Innovation Programme

As part of our work with NERC, ECCI delivers the NERC Consultancy Innovation Programme. It aims to generate industry and policy engagement, while making the most of innovation opportunities.

Focused engagement with business and policy

E4 students are matched with entrepreneurs and various other research users, including government teams, working in NERC priority areas.

Training and skills in impact and innovation

We give E4 staff and students a good overview of UK innovation systems. We also deliver skills and industry workshops, designed to boost their confidence when engaging with non-academic partners.

Provision of sector knowledge to support impact and end user experience

We help E4 staff and students grasp the big issues as well as research-related/career opportunities in NERC priority areas.

“I learnt a lot of skills that I can use in my PhD, especially in communication/research presentation. Skills that will help me get a job!” Lauren, NERC E3 DTP student

Host a PhD student with expert research skills

Could you benefit from the ECCI Innovation programme? ECCI is on the hunt for organisations that could benefit from the top class research and consultancy skills of a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) PhD student.

Are you a start-up, SME or third sector organisation? Looking for some PhD student support at no cost?

Want to know more?

To find out more about NERC E4 DTP, have a look at the University of Edinburgh website.