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



Achieve energy security and efficiency
Developing the next generation of technologies for the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.
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.
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.
Manage resources efficiently and sustainably
Adopting a whole systems approach to ensure integrated resource management; water, energy, food.
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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