Lloyd’s Register Foundation has issued a global call for a director and a host institution for a program to build resilience in critical infrastructure. It anticipates committing £10 million to the international program, which will run for an initial period of five years.
The Foundation, a UK charity, is a leading supporter of engineering related research, training, and education, improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. Society depends on the proper functioning of essential services such as food and water, energy, transportation, telecommunications, the built environment and healthcare.
These sectors are increasingly complex and interdependent, acting at a global scale, and making them susceptible to catastrophic and cascading failure under stress. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in an international effort to better understand, communicate, and improve resilience towards safety of life and property and in the Foundation’s strategic sectors.
This program is one outcome of the Foundation’s Foresight review of resilience engineering: designing for the expected and the unexpected, which was published in October 2016.
The review recommended the Foundation establish and lead a program to build the resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors. This program will also support work led elsewhere, interfacing with program’s building resilience in cities, countries and organizations, and supporting the application of technologies, knowledge and skills needed to build resilience in critical infrastructure sectors.
The program’s primary aim is to build resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors, for example maritime industries, energy, food and water, transport, communications, and healthcare.
To do this the program might address:
- Governance: incentives, standards, rules, legal and financial instruments
- Capacity building and engagement: professional development, publications, communication and public engagement
- Data and supporting tools: shared datasets, modeling and simulation, decision support
- International and global-scale networks: studies of global systems, supply chains, knowledge networks.
The application deadline is 12 noon UK time on 10 March 2016. The contact point for this call is Ruth Boumphrey, Head of Research Grants, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, ruth.boumphrey@
For more details on how to apply, visit http://info.lr.org/lrf-call.
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