NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Programme (ERIIP) (Con233)

Latest news

2017 Call: The deadline for the second stage submission closed on 11 July. Submissions are now being assessed by an industry/academic panel for review at the end of this month.
New case studies:  The following case studies have been added to the collection (see link below)
  • What threat do turbidity currents and submarine landslides pose to strategic submarine telecommunications cable infrastructure (2014_Talling  National Oceanography Centre, Southampton  )
  • Weather-induced single point of failure assessment methodology for railways (2014_Jarpszweski  University of Birmingham)
The Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme is a collaboration between the Natural Environmental Research Council and infrastructure owners, operators, policy makers and regulators to fund innovation and translational projects which use environmental science to identify, quantify and manage environmental risks, such as those from extreme weather and climate change.  

Decision-makers are increasingly faced with the challenge of making our infrastructure resilient and mitigating the effects of extreme weather events and climate change. There is a wealth of data, knowledge and expertise in the UK research base which could address this challenge but this valuable resource is often difficult to access and requires translating to be more readily used.    

Through ERIIP NERC are investing £5 million over 5 years to fund projects that take the outcomes of existing research and translate these into industry-relevant information, tools to help identify environmental risk, assess their impacts on infrastructure and develop solutions. NERC has contracted the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) to support ERIIP.
The aims of the programme are to:
  • Increase visibility and access to leading science in the area of environmental risk
  • Build effective partnerships between academia and the infrastructure sector to facilitate access to that body of knowledge
  • Fund collaborative projects between academia and the infrastructure sector to translate existing research into tangible, industry-relevant tools and approaches to help them manage environmental risks
  • Strengthen the capacity of the research community to address the needs of the UK infrastructure sector through the development of long-term collaborations.


Please provide details in the following link for all queries:
NERC ERIIP queries

Please note CIRIA cannot disclose details of principal ERIIC representatives. However, queries received via surveymonkey will be sent to ERIPP members within one and no later than two working days.

Programme themes

The Programme will focus on a series of key themes which have been developed through individual consultation with infrastructure owners and operators and a series of scoping workshops with the business and academic communities.

Theme 1: Identifying, understanding and quantifying environmental risks to the infrastructure system.
Theme 2: Likelihood, effect and impact of multi-hazard combinations on the infrastructure system.
Theme 3: Dealing with uncertainty in design, operational and investment decisions.

Each of the three Programme themes has the potential to be cross-cutting and is underpinned by one major guiding principle: the fact that the infrastructure system is not a disconnected series of isolated assets, but rather is viewed in terms of cross-sectoral issues, challenges and interdependencies.

Funded projects

More information on funded projects is available here.

Complete projects - case studies

More information and case studies on the complete projects is available here


CIRIA is planning webinars and events to disseminate the findings of the projects funded through ERIIP.  The presentations of previous NERC ERIIP dissemination events are available here.

Project Partners

All projects must have project partners related to UK infrastructure (eg infrastructure owners, operators, regulators or policy-makers). Proposals should demonstrate the project partner's challenges related to environmental risk, how science can be applied to develop a 'solution' and the impact that the project will have on the project partner.  Through the programme, NERC are working with owners and operators from across the infrastructure sector, including energy generation (nuclear, renewables), energy transmission, water, road, rail as well as regulators, policy-makers and consultancies. Current members are listed below and the aim is to widen the membership to other organisations and other parts of the infrastructure sector. Membership is open to infrastructure owners and operators, engineering consultants, contractors, insurers and investors, policy and civil society representatives, and regulators. More information on current industry members and their research priorities is available in the following document.   

Combined industry research priorities.

CIRIA's role

  • Coordinate the programme convening ERIIC member meetings, facilitating events and developing the programme for ERIIP
  • Broker relationships between the programme members and academics in the call process by running brokerage workshops and managing introductions to the programme members where there is a clear linkage or opportunity. 
  • Monitor funded projects to develop a cohort of projects funded under the Programme
  • Manage the dissemination of Programme outputs and projects funded under the Programme