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Strategic Priorities Fund to support climate change research

UK Research and Innovation has allocated £60 million from its Strategic Priorities Fund to the establishment of four research programmes on climate change.

In its first announcement of spending by the fund, UKRI said, on 19 October, that the programmes would focus on: producing better data on climate risks; building a digital picture of the natural environment for greater monitoring and analysis; reducing air pollution; ensuring better use of land; and developing options to adapt to climate risks.

UKRI says two of the programmes will be led by the Natural Environment Research Council, with another two jointly led by NERC and the Met Office. The other six research councils are partners in the programmes, alongside the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Transport, the Cabinet Office, the Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee and the National Physical Laboratory.

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