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Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme

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.

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

The Programme will focus on a series of key themes which have been developed through individual consultation with infrastructure owners and operators and a series of scoping workshops with the business and academic communities.

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.

Each of the three Programme themes has the potential to be cross-cutting and 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.

A focus on interdependencies and cross-sector issues and challenges will therefore run throughout the Programme and be a fundamental part of each theme's focus.

The programme will operate according to the following general principles:

  • Industry-led - Industry members of the programme will define the challenges that need to be addressed through innovation projects.
  • Openness - Innovation grants will be awarded in open competition and access to project outcomes will be open to industry members.
  • Translation-focused - Innovation projects must translate existing research into outputs that meet the needs of industry members.
  • Impact driven - This programme will be consistently focused on benefiting society, the economy and the environment.

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

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme leaflet (1·6MB) (PDF, 1.6MB)

Details of the awards funded under the recent Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call are available.

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)

Previous awards

There have now been two innovation funding calls as part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme. The pilot call in 2014 funded 16 projects of up to six months' duration and six projects of over six months' duration.

Funded awards - June 2014

The first call in 2015 funded seven projects of up to six months' duration and eight projects of over six months' duration.

Funded awards - September 2015 (PDF, 74KB)

Contacts

For further information on the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme contact Kay Heuser at .

If your company is interested in joining the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme please contact Ruth Hughes at or Kay Heuser at to discuss membership.