The Economic and Social Resarch Council (ESRC) is CECAN's primary funder. They are the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. At any one time they support over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. ESRC are a non-departmental public body and receive most of their funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). ESRC research is vigorous and authoritative, as they support independent, high-quality, relevant social science.
The Environment Agency (EA) work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. They are an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Within England the EA is responsible for: regulating major industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, water quality and resources, fisheries, inland rivers, estuary and harbour navigations, conservation and ecology. They are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. DEFRA's broad remit means they play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink. Their purpose is to unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. We are responsible for; developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government's relationship with business / ensuring the country has secure energy supplier that are reliable, affordable and clean / ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation / tackling climate change.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) are an independent Government department. They use their expertise to influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. They are responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK. They works with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations and its staff work in UK meat plants to check the standards are being met.The FSA also has responsibility for labelling policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and for nutrition policy in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - is the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK. They invest public money in world-leading science, designed to help us sustain and benefit from our natural resources, predict and respond to natural hazards and understand environmental change. They work closely with policymakers and industry to make sure their knowledge can support sustainable economic growth and well being in the UK and around the world.