Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme

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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 which could address this challenge but this valuable resource is often difficult to access and requires translating to be more readily used.

Infrastructure system diagram

Infrastructure system

Theme 1: Identifying, understanding and quantifying environmental risks to the infrastructure system.

Theme 2: Likelihood, effect and impact of multi-hazard combinations on the infrastructure system.

Theme 3: Dealing with uncertainty in design, operational and investment decisions.

The Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme (ERIIP) is a five-year, £5 million initiative, which is driven by the needs of the business community and decision-makers. It aims to provide sound evidence for the identification and assessment of environmental risks and their impacts on infrastructure, translating the latest research into industry-relevant outputs.

Each of the three programme themes is underpinned by one major guiding principle: the fact that the infrastructure system is not a disconnected series of isolated assets, but rather is viewed in terms of cross-sectoral issues, challenges and interdependencies.

Programme members

  • ARUP logo
  • Atkins logo
  • EDF Energy logo
  • Environment Agency logo
  • HR Wallingford logo
  • High Speed Two logo
  • London Underground logo
  • National Grid logo
  • Network Rail logo
  • Scottish Water logo
  • SSE logo
  • Temple Group logo
  • Translink logo
  • Transport Scotland logo
  • UKWIR logo

Applications for ERIIP industry membership will remain open for the duration of the programme and interested companies should contact Katie Hart at to discuss membership.

Resources & dissemination

ERIIP holds regular webinars and events to disseminate the findings of the projects funded through the programme. The presentations from these industry-focused webinars can be found via the links below:

Case studies - external link - on the completed projects are available on the Construction Industry Research & Innovation Association (CIRIA) website.

More information about the programme

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme - introduction and themes (PDF, 357KB)

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme leaflet (PDF, 10.4MB)

Two workshops were held in 2014 to discuss the key environmental issues facing UK infrastructure and what is needed from the research base to support decision-making around these issues. The workshop reports are available below.

Workshop report, 24 June 2014 (PDF, 204KB)

Workshop report, 8 July 2014 (PDF, 658KB)

Awards, facts and figures




The Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme is a five-year, £5 million initiative.


There have now been three innovation funding calls as part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme. Since 2014, 45 collaborative projects have been funded through the programme at a total of £3·6 million, with 78 industry partners.

ERIIP funded projects document (PDF, 605KB)

Can I apply for a grant?

There are currently no funding opportunities.


CIRIA have been contracted to coordinate ERIIP. Their role is to convene member meetings, broker relationships, monitor the funded projects and manage programme dissemination. Please contact Giuseppe Picciariello at .

For further information on the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, contact Katie Hart at .