The National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme is a four year £30 million investment from UKRI to move the UK towards a circular economy. This is the largest and most comprehensive UKRI Investment in CE to date. The Programme consists of five specialist centres and a Hub to coordinate, scale and add value to the programme as a whole. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), to ensure research outcomes contribute to the delivery of government policy.
The 4 year programme launched in January 2021 and initially consists of 34 universities, 64 senior academics, 42 early career researchers, 60+ PhD students and 120 industrial partners however a key aim of the programme is to grow the circular economy community through a significant programme of outreach and collaboration.
The Programme is formed of one coordinating Hub to scale and add value to the Programme and five specialist national research centres:
The National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub (CE-Hub) led by the University of Exeter
The Interdisciplinary Textiles Circularity Centre led by the Royal College of Art
The Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials led by UCL
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy led by Loughborough University
The Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre in Technology Metals led by the University of Exeter
The Interdisciplinary Centre for CircularMetal led by Brunel University London.