Supporting scientific research and its applications

Supporting excellent scientific research  

We work to optimise our global network of researchers, recognising talent and celebrating success. Through establishing long-term relationships, we will build research capacity and, working with our partners, develop key research facilities and environments to enable world-leading researchers to do their best work. We will focus our support on building research leaders of the future, performing the highest quality work that delivers maximum impact. 

Accelerating the application of research  

We accelerate the uptake and application of research and breakthrough technologies to enhance safety concerned with the critical infrastructure important for society. We will support the translation of ideas and research outputs from the laboratory to industrial application, and enhance the uptake of research evidence into regulation and standards. 

Four funding priorities  

Over the coming years we will be directing our research efforts into four key areas: structural integrity and systems performance; resilience engineering; human and social factors; and emergent technologies. We believe that the Foundation can achieve real impact in these areas, with the focus on emergent technologies future-proofing our approach. 

We are looking to invest in ‘white space’ research topics for which there is currently little or no funding available, and where the Foundation can make a significant contribution. 

We have many stakeholders in science, industry, academia, the third sector and the policy community, and we look forward to working with them all as we strive to help make the world a safer place.