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Joint BBSRC-NERC Soil Science Centre for Doctoral Training

This is a BBSRC-NERC joint call, administered by NERC

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 14 March 2014 – 26 June 2014


Natural Environment Research Council

Combined funding total


Awarded Centre of Doctoral training

The Soil CDT has been awarded to the STARS (Soils Training And Research Studentships) consortium led by Lancaster University. The other members of the consortium are the Universities of Bangor, Cranfield and Nottingham, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Rothamsted Research, the British Geological Survey and the James Hutton Institute.

For further information visit our BBSRC and NERC fund initiatives to protect soils and safeguard global food security press release.


To provide a consortia of research organisations to host a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), specialising in the training of scientists with a high level of rounded skills and knowledge to tackle current and future challenges in soil science.

Key aims

Understanding soil is central to the sustainable intensification of agriculture, the provision of biological solutions to the energy crisis and water management; thus putting it at the heart of the food, water, energy nexus.

  • To understand the complexity of the soil ecosystem 
  • To research the role it plays in wider ecosystem services

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