Our state-of-the-art facility provides environmental researchers across the UK with access to innovative technologies to enable world-leading research.

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NERC Grants

See UKRI funding opportunities. Please contact NEOF at least 2 weeks prior to obtain a quote ahead of submission deadlines.

NEOF Pilot Competitions

The 2024 Independent round for Genomics, Metabolomics and Proteomics pilot projects deadline is 1st July. Applicants will need to have consulted between 16/05 and 06/06. 

The 2024 Early Career Researchers pilot round has closed. Successful applicants have now been notified and will need to submit their samples by 2nd December 2024.

Visitor Facility (NEOF-VF)

Year-round access to support and hands-on training at the NEOF Visitor Facility (NEOF-VF) for PhD students, postdocs, technicians and fellows.

Apply at any time.

Bioinformatics Workshops

Free online training courses on genome assembly, metabarcoding, population genomics, RNA sequencing etc.


We support:

  1. NERC grantholders who have consulted with us before submitting their grant to NERC.
  2. Researchers based in the UK to undertake pilot studies in environmental science.
  3. PhD students (or other eligible visitors) in the environmental science area based in the UK. Supervisors must apply on behalf of students.

Please note that Principal Investigators must comply with the NERC eligibility criteria.

For support of any work within the NERC remit, please contact NEOF enquiries team to see how we may be able to support you.

Access procedure

  • All potential users are asked to first complete an enquiry form to discuss feasibility.
  • Applicants will receive a quotation after the enquiry to submit with their proposal.
  • To organise work at the Facility, users should then complete the access form.
  • Read here the instructions and requested information.
  • All users are required to agree to our Terms and Conditions.
  • FAQs.