A programme to build resilience in critical infrastructure
Accelerating the application of research
Granted over five years
Resilience engineering is one of the four research funding priorities in the Foundation’s strategy. The Foundation’s Foresight review of resilience engineering: designing for the expected and the unexpected, recommended the Foundation establish and lead a programme to build resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors.
Implementation of this programme, launched in January 2016, occupies a key building block in our strategy delivery. The programme is designed to focus on sharing existing experience and knowledge within and between sectors, rather than doing further research, so it is an important part of the delivery of our strategic theme accelerating the application of research. Following a competitive international call, the Foundation selected the Arup partnership as the host institute and Dr Nancy Kete as the Director for the five-year, £10-million programme to build resilience in critical infrastructure.
The Foundation’s programme will build resilience, for example, by addressing:
- governance: incentives, standards, rules, legal and financial
- capacity building and engagement: professional development, publications, communication and public engagement
- data and supporting tools: shared datasets, modelling and simulation, decision support
- international and global scale networks: studies of global systems, supply chains, knowledge networks.
The Foundation has received expressions of interest from dozens of organisations who would like to participate in the programme. Through the open call and through the publication of the foresight review, the Foundation has become a global catalyst in a movement to collaborate and build a discipline of resilience engineering. The programme under Arup’s leadership will build networks of interested parties and harness this global expertise towards helping to achieve the Foundation’s charitable aims.
Find out more at the Resilience Shift website