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Lloyd’s Register Foundation seeks director for GBP10M resilience engineering programme

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Lloyd’s Register Foundation seeks director and host institution for a £10M programme to build resilience in critical infrastructure

Lloyd’s Register Foundation has today issued a global call for a director and a host institution for a programme to build resilience in critical infrastructure. It anticipates committing £10 million to the international programme 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.

Download details of the call and how to apply here.

This programme 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 programme to build the resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors. This programme will also support work led elsewhere, interfacing with programmes building resilience in cities, countries and organisations, and supporting the application of technologies, knowledge and skills needed to build resilience in critical infrastructure sectors.

Programme to build resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors 
The programme’s primary aim is to build resilience within and between critical global infrastructure sectors, for example maritime industries, energy, food and water, transport, communications, healthcare.

To do this the programme 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, modelling and simulation, decision support
•    international and global scale networks: studies of global systems, supply chains, knowledge networks.

The contact point for this call is Ruth Boumphrey, Head of Research Grants, Lloyd’s Register Foundation,  ruth.boumphrey@lrfoundation.org.uk. The application deadline is 12 noon UK time on10 March 2016.

About resilience engineering
Resilience engineering is one of the research priorities identified in the Foundation’s strategy. It is an emerging research discipline which the Foundation can help to develop. At its heart is the concept of building systems, structures, infrastructures, organisations and associated human and social capacity which can respond appropriately (not catastrophically) to foreseen and unforeseen stresses. Such stresses might include physical (weather, flooding, explosions, impacts), economic (economic downturn, regulation, business model failure), social (management, poor training, criminal intent, labour actions) and technological (new materials, sensors, emergent properties of technological systems) factors.

Downloads
•    Details of the call and how to apply here. http://info.lr.org/lrf-call.
•    The Foundation’s Foresight review of resilience engineering: designing for the expected and the unexpected http://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/news/2015/resilience-engineering-report-launched.aspx

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation: Connecting science, safety and society

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a UK charity, established in 2012, which funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life and property. It is funded partly by the profits of its trading arm, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

Its vision is to be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In support of this, it promotes scientific excellence and acts as a catalyst working with others to achieve maximum impact.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s strategy for 2014-2020 focuses funding on four strategic themes: promoting safety and public understanding of risk; advancing skills and education; supporting excellent scientific research; and accelerating the application of research. Four research themes have been prioritised: structural integrity and systems performance; resilience engineering; human and social factors; and emergent technologies. See more at: www.lrfoundation.org.uk/strategy

Income for the Foundation, which comes from the trading arm gift-aiding a proportion of its profits and from investments, was £19.5 million for the 2014/15 financial year, and grants awarded were £12.7 million (and a £10 million grant was awarded just after the year-end). This equates to charitable spending of 65% of income (or 116% taking into account the donation just after year-end). In the 2013/14 financial year, charitable spending was £17.2 million or 143% of income, with the Foundation digging into its reserves to fund charitable causes.

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