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NERC Radiocarbon Facility

The NERC radiocarbon facility is administered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and provides funded radiocarbon dating research services to the academic community served by NERC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Atmospheric Science
Earth Science
Marine Science
Polar Science
Terrestrial and Freshwater Science
Art History
Faunal & DNA Studies
Forensic Science
Science Based Archaeology


IMPORTANT: This is to draw your attention to a consultation currently being conducted by NERC about services and facilities.

If you use make use of the NERC radiocarbon facility, use the calibration and analysis software OxCal, or the datasets hosted by the facility, do please participate in the consultation. The website is:


and the closing date for comments is 30th September.

Applications for project support

The deadline for applications to the next meeting is .

The next panel meeting for consideration of applications will be on .

To apply for radiocarbon dating support you need to be from a UK academic institution and be eligible to apply for a grant to the relevant research council. Details of the application process are given on the Project submission page.

Applications will be graded by a panel appointed by NERC/AHRC which meets twice a year.

Facility laboratories

The facility is based at two laboratories:

These two laboratories have complementary expertise and work closely together, sometimes jointly on individual projects, and aim to provide a comprehensive service.

Facility Secretaries

Dr S Moreton s.moreton@nercrcl.gla.ac.uk NERC Radiocarbon Laboratory
Dr T Higham thomas.higham@rlaha.ox.ac.uk University of Oxford