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NERC Risks to Infrastructure 23 January 2017

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call

Decision–makers are increasingly faced with the challenge of making our infrastructure resilient and mitigating the effects of extreme weather events and climate change. There is a wealth of data, knowledge and expertise in the UK research base that could address this challenge, but this valuable resource is often difficult to access and requires translating to be more readily used.

NERC is investing £5m into an Innovation Programme driven by the needs of business and decision makers. For more information on the programme please see the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme page.

NERC is launching an innovation call in this area by inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for short–term feasibility studies and longer–term translational projects. Successful applicants at EoI stage will be asked to submit a full proposal.

Expression of interest form (Word, 46KB)

NERC has a budget of up to £1m to fund proposals on the following themes:

  • Identifying, understanding and quantifying environmental risks to the infrastructure system.
  • Likelihood, effect and impact of multi–hazard combinations on the infrastructure system.
  • Dealing with uncertainty in design, operational and investment decisions.

NERC would particularly welcome projects examining the infrastructure system (the physical, built environment and its key systems: transport; utilities; environmental management; communications) and impacts of the following hazards in the context of the three themes identified above (this list is not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive).

  • erosion: coastal, river and surface scour
  • stability: slope stability, voiding, landslips, subsidence, effects of groundwater
  • extreme sea level rise: increased frequency, scale, likelihood and impact
  • lightning: increased frequency or intensity of electrical storms
  • solar heat: extreme temperature, drought, wild fire
  • wind and gale: increased frequency or intensity and speed
  • flooding: coastal, fluvial, pluvial and groundwater
  • urban heat island effects
  • snow, sleet and blizzard: increased frequency or intensity
  • volcanic ash: increased frequency of threat
  • earthquakes and sub–sea landslips
  • air quality
  • materials durability
  • extreme droughts: impacts of water scarcity and outage/ resource degradation
  • solar storms/flares and space objects.

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