Resilient Infrastructure

Pilot Project 3:

Resilient Infrastructure

Applications are invited to undertake a collaborative project to consider how major infrastructure projects can be made “secure and resilient by design” to protect major investments against potential future threats and hazards.

In the UK, there are 13 Critical National infrastructure (CNI) areas, and the government has committed in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR, November 2015) to ‘ensure it has the right regulatory framework in place’ to ensure sectors’ security and resilience to future threats.  One identified lever was the exploration of a security and resilience investment gateway to ensure that all major publically funded infrastructure projects are secure and resilient by design.

Recent incidents such as the Grenfell Tower and Hurricane Irma have demonstrated the importance of building security and resilience into the design of CNI. As security threats evolve and natural hazards pose an increasing threat to the UK’s CNI, threats and hazards mitigated at the design phase are likely to reduce the impact and costs of a serious or catastrophic event targeting a CNI asset.

The aim of this project is to explore questions including:

  • – What does secure and resilient by design look like/mean?
  • – Can we be confident at the design stage that CNI is protected against future threats and hazards?
  • – How can we assess and/or account for radical uncertainties?
  • – Do government departments consider security and resilience in the design of major infrastructure projects?
  • – Does security and resilience by design look different across different sectors?

The CRUISSE network will be able to provide assistance in obtaining relevant data or contacts.


Up to £15,000 is available for this initiative. Applicants should provide a 4 page A4 document setting out how they would approach the task and why they think they are suitable to carry it out. They should provide details of grant administration, finances, time line and deliverables (and an indication of supervisory responsibility for junior researchers if applicable).

The proposal will include ideas about the kinds of information needed for the study, how it will be analysed and followed up, and the types of outcomes that may be expected.

It is envisaged that a senior academic, postdoc or research student will apply to conduct the project themselves or to obtain funds to employ someone else suitable to conduct the work under their supervision over a period of about 6 months starting as soon as possible.

The PI, Co-I or other core members of the CRUISSE Network will be available for consultation and expect to receive informal updates on progress occasionally during the project as well as any formal deliverables specified by the applicant.

The applicant may be an engineer with experience of large-scale project design issues, or working in a relevant social science field.

Before the project commences, the successful applicant in collaboration with CRUISSE and the project partners will be expected to draw up a brief (maximum 2 page) summary of the expected outcomes and impacts of the work. This document should also set out the expected level of interaction between the applicant and project partners, and an approximate timeline for the work.

Eligibility and Evaluation

Applications for Project 3 should be sent to

Applicants must be staff (including current postdocs and PDRA’s) working at an eligible UK institution. Please refer to the EPSRC Eligibility of organisations webpage to check your institution’s eligibility:


The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated quickly within the CRUISSE Network.

Deadline for Applications: 20th December 2017