Apply for funding to coordinate activity across the Building a Secure and Resilient World strategic theme.
The successful award will catalyse, convene and conduct research and innovation. Taking a human-centred systems approach, the hub will strengthen societal and economic resilience and enhance security across virtual and physical environments.
The five strategic themes are:
- Building a green future
- Building a secure and resilient world
- Creating opportunities, improving outcomes
- Securing better health, ageing and wellbeing
- Tackling infections
- UKRI’s strategic themes offer an innovative and exciting new approach to funding interdisciplinary, policy relevant and co-originated research and innovation to tackle major global challenges.
- Building a Secure and Resilient World (BSRW) will take a systemic approach that is human-centred, aimed at strengthening societal and economic resilience, and enhancing security across virtual and physical environments, by improving awareness of risks and threats, preparedness, informed decision-making and response. It will work towards change being understood as a force for good.
- The Research and Coordination Hub is a significant opportunity to shape this theme and make a major and lasting contribution to developing the UK’s resilience and security framework.
- The hub will coordinate and maximise the impact of the range of activities commissioned by UKRI ensuring an integrated approach throughout. It will be expected to lead, plan, deliver and manage a multidisciplinary programme of research and devolved funding opportunities in identified areas of knowledge and evidence gaps within the scope of the theme outlined above.
- This will require the hub to build strong connections with a variety of stakeholders across central and local government, devolved administrations, internationally and the general public. These devolved awards will generate a rich and diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research and innovation that directly engages with the priorities and subthemes of the BSRW programme:
- global order in a time of change
- technologies for resilience, security and defence
- resilient and secure supply chains
- behavioural and cultural resilience
- strengthening resilience in natural and built environments
- The anticipated budget is approximately £75 million for each theme over five years.
- UKRI has allocated £5,500,000 for this funding opportunity.
- The duration of this award is five years.
- Projects must start on 1 February 2024.
- This is a UKRI funding opportunity led by AHRC. It is open to the research and innovation communities of all UKRI research councils and Innovate UK.
- Standard UKRI eligibility requirements will apply. To host the award your organisation must be:
- a UK academic higher education institution
- an independent research organisation recognised by UKRI
- a government or third sector organisation with capacity to undertake and manage research
- a UK registered business that can demonstrate the capacity to lead and manage a significant research and innovation project
- To ensure that the project is suitably interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, the core team leading the hub should include representatives from across UKRI’s research and innovation communities.
- In addition, the project team will be expected to demonstrate close collaboration with relevant third sector organisations.
- In line with UKRI’s technicians commitment, named project staff and investigators may include technicians contributing to the intellectual leadership and management of a project.
For more information, visit Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).