Resilient Nation

Safeguarding future generations requires an ability to anticipate, adapt and respond to changes, natural or man-made, short or long-term, local or global. UK prosperity depends on the smooth and sustainable functioning of complex infrastructures: transport; communications networks; water, energy and waste utilities. The mathematical and physical sciences, computing and engineering are fundamental to the new thinking and innovation needed to build a truly resilient nation and to increase UK competitiveness. Moreover, EPS contributes to the resilience of developing countries through, for example, robust, low-cost infrastructure.

Example priority areas for strategic programmes:

  • Energy security and efficiency
  • Reliable infrastructure
  • Better solutions to acute threats.

Outcomes and Ambitions

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AMBITION R1
Achieve energy security and efficiency
Developing the next generation of technologies for the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.
AMBITION R2
Ensuring a reliable infrastructure which underpins the UK economy
Ensuring the smooth functioning of complex infrastructures with a focus on flexibility, inclusivity and integration between different areas.
AMBITION R3
Develop better solutions to acute threats: cyber, defence, financial and health
Using predictive and modelling capability, complexity science and data analytics to better anticipate and adapt to acute threats.
AMBITION R4
Manage resources efficiently and sustainably
Adopting a whole systems approach to ensure integrated resource management; water, energy, food.
AMBITION R5
Build new tools to adapt to and mitigate climate change
Using a range of tools from statistical science to novel technologies to alleviate the effects of known climate change conditions as well as potential high impact future weather events.

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