The Environmental Virtual Observatory, EVO, was a pilot project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, NERC.
The EVO project was one of portfolio of NERC Research Programmes. These are delivered by higher education institutes, research and collaborative centres and analogous organisations, time-limited and designed to meet the evolving requirements of NERC’s strategy, often collaborative, cross-cutting and inter-disciplinary in nature; and usually provided through open competition to ensure delivery of the highest quality of research.
As the EVO project was a pilot project, an important remit of the project was to investigate and develop funding models for a future full EVO.
NERC is the UK’s main funder of independent research in environmental science and receives government money to enable this. It is a non-departmental public body. For more information visit the NERC website.