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The work will bring together a broad range of research disciplines to drive an increase in high quality multi- and interdisciplinary research and innovation.

We will be allocating funding for the Clean Air: Analysis and Solutions, and UK Climate Resilience programmes through open competition. Details of these opportunities will be published on this page.

 

There are no current open calls for the Clean Air: Analysis and Solutions programme

 

Expressions of Interest for: Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) - UK Climate Resilience 


To register your interest, see notes at the end of this page. Registering interest requires no proposal detail at this stage and carries no obligation to bid.  

Please note that these Expressions of Interest are open to eligible research organisation and businesses only. See below for eligibility criteria.
Expression of interests are invited for a number of separate research opportunities:  
 

Title Amount Call ref. Funding period

Requirements for incorporating climate variability and changes into national guidance standards

£50,000 DN420232 01/11/19-31/10/20

Risk estimates using techniques from catastrophe modelling

£250,000 DN420242 01/11/19-30/04/21

Demonstration of a climate service to address the resilience needs of the UK health sector

£150,000 DN420172 01/11/19-31/10/20

Development and provision of UK socio economic scenarios

£500,000 DN420214 01/11/19-30/04/21

Demonstration of a climate service to address the resilience needs of the UK water sector

£250,000 DN420192 01/11/19-30/04/21

Key Dates
Estimated publish of call (start of bidding period): w/c 22 July 2019 
A notification email will be sent to parties who have formally registered their interest by way of clicking on the ‘Register Interest’ button displayed below the opportunity on the ProContract portal


Estimated bidding period: 8 weeks
Estimated award of call: October 2019

Summary of project aims

Requirements for incorporating climate variability and changes into national guidance standards
A wide range of sectors in the UK that are affected by weather and climate define national guidance standards. These are either mandated, or recommended as good practice. This project will seek to establish the range of national guidance standards which take climate variability and change into account, and to recommend approaches for building updated climate information into the standards. 

Demonstration of a climate service to address the resilience needs of the UK health sector
The Met Office are inviting expressions of interest with a specific focus on health research for the Strategic Priorities Strategic Fund (SPF) UK Climate Resilience Programme. The objective of the call is to fund applied research that addresses the need to connect health, environmental data and information to build UK resilience to climate variability and change.

Risk estimates using techniques from catastrophe modelling
The use of catastrophe (CAT) models based on historical weather and climate data is routine within the reinsurance/insurance industry. This project will develop a new methodology for using UK climate projections, specifically those from UKCP18, with CAT modelling techniques. 

Development and provision of UK socio economic scenarios 
To support the research into UK climate risk and resilience, bids are sought to develop a set of detailed future socioeconomic scenarios for the UK. This project will build on work commissioned ahead of the 3rd climate change risk assessment and engage with other SPF Climate Resilience projects as needed to ensure the needs of the research community will be met by the project plan.

Demonstration of a climate service to address the resilience needs of the UK water sector
The Met Office are inviting expressions of interest to demonstrate the application of climate projections in the UK water sector. This work will seek to develop a climate service prototype that assists the UK water sector with the management of climate change.  


Summary of Climate Resilience Programme aims

How do we make our cities and regions resilient to climate change? What are the opportunities to manage adaptation to deliver improvements to society and economic growth? These are broad and urgent questions for decision makers from national to local scales, in Government, business and society. They present huge challenges because the knowledge and information required to support robust decisions is largely unavailable. There are two major knowledge gaps:
1. The robust characterisation and quantification of climate-related risks in decision-relevant terms.
2. The development of effective adaptation strategies that deliver resilience, improve lives, and promote economic growth.


The need and urgency for building resilience: It is widely recognised that the impacts of extreme weather and climate change permeate throughout society affecting both lives and livelihoods. UK flooding events in 2007 affected 55,000 homes, killed 13 people and cost the UK economy £3.2 billion. Global impacts of extreme weather events also affect the UK, for example international food production. The situation can be exacerbated when events are compounded, for example the co- occurrence of hot and dry summers. As the climate warms, extreme events and the ensuing costs to society will increase. As noted by Lord Krebs, former Chair, Adaptation sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change, the UK has a ‘fragmented multidisciplinary research community’ who have failed to work across disciplines, and sectors, to confront the risks we face from climate change.


Exploiting the opportunities arising from adaptation and green growth: There is an opportunity during the transition to a low carbon future to exploit the co-benefits of climate resilient development. Alongside increasing climate resilience, we can design better environments that promote improved quality of life and that facilitate new economic opportunities. A particular opportunity is to stimulate the development of a new generation of 'Climate Services' that will exploit novel understandings including behavioural insights at all levels to inform policy and regulations, technology innovations and engineering solutions needed to build resilient futures across the UK and internationally.


In wave 1 the UK Climate Resilience investment will nurture a new multi-disciplinary community, develop a novel risk quantification framework, and stimulate coordinated research to develop and assess adaptation options. This research will underpin the co-production of pilot climate services. In wave 2, further UK Climate Resilience investment would then enable the delivery of operational climate services in strategic sectors.


The objectives of this investment are:
1. The robust characterisation, quantification and communication of climate-related risks.
Climate risk is an integration of weather and climate hazards (e.g. heavy rainfall event), the impacts of these hazards across the natural and human environment (e.g. flooding), vulnerability (e.g. inadequate flood defences) and exposure (e.g. assets built on a flood plain). The aim is to develop robust approaches, including the software tools, needed to quantify current and future risk in decision relevant metrics. This involves fundamental research challenges including: end to end understanding of key processes and uncertainties; understanding behavioural responses at individual, community, regional and (inter)governmental levels to climate risk; providing climate information at relevant spatial scales; different risk communications routes; improving the skill and reliability of near-term climate forecasts; combining hazard-vulnerability-exposure information into risk metrics; and perception of risk by decision makers.
2. Develop risk-informed resilience and optimise the opportunities from a transition to a low carbon future
Building a low carbon future presents opportunities to both increase national resilience and provide co-benefits including improvements to wellbeing and economic opportunities. The fundamental research needed includes: design of decision frameworks to balance between protection, co- benefits and costs; development of new adaptation approaches; behavioural changes; and monitoring of the effectiveness of adaptation.
3. Co-produce pilot end-to-end climate services
Climate services are at an early stage of development and new research will: develop novel co- production processes; develop industry quality standards; and investigate governance approaches and design improved monitoring.

 

Eligibility
The following criteria must be met by UK organisations submitting a bid against Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) funded calls to be eligible to apply or be awarded funds against this call:
- Must be a UK operating and registered organisation.
- Consortium bids are eligible; a lead partner must be nominated for payment and agreement purposes and all parties must be UK operating and registered organisations. Details of all consortium members must be provided.
- Funding can only be used to fund new activity for the costs incurred.
- The activity must last the full duration of the Grant Award Term specified
- There must be a willingness to work with the Authority and other organisations and individuals associated with the SPF Programme.

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