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Soil Security Programme: Announcement of opportunity for consortia awards

A joint call with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Government, administered by NERC

Call status: Closed


  • NERC
  • The Scottish Government

Funding total


Number of awards funded

Three projects have been funded, see external links for full details.


To secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems and the services they deliver to people – such as sustainable agriculture, flood and disease regulation, carbon storage and clean water. The programme is aligned with the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, and with Defra activities in this area.

Key aims

  • To advance understanding of the ability of soils to adapt to perturbations through an integrated and predictive understanding of the multiple functions of soil
  • To deliver improved forecasts of the response of the soil system to changes in climate, vegetation or land management at scales of analysis which match the scale of decision making