£138 million investment for UK infrastructure research

Professor Brian Collins led a team to secure up to £138 million of funding towards the UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), subject to a satisfactory business case and the provision of substantial co-funding.

The proposed research stems from a need for UK national and local infrastructure (such as transport, water, waste, energy and ICT systems) to be fit for purpose for supporting societal development in a changing world. Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL STEaPP, played a central role in convening the initial 13 partners, representing the major university-based infrastructure, civil and construction engineering research groups in the UK. 


"Understanding how to invest in, build, operate and maintain resilient and adaptable high quality infrastructure based services, such as good public health, safe and accessible mobility, heating and lighting and sustainable economic activity all in a low carbon context are vital to the well being of citizens in developed countries and to the development of the rest of the world. UKCRIC will provide the science and research base for delivering that understanding for the UK and for international partners." - Brian Collins


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