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EPSRC Reference: EP/P016707/1
Title: UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Newcastle Laboratories
Principal Investigator: Dawson, Professor RJ
Other Investigators:
Blythe, Professor PT Quinn, Dr P Guo, Dr AW
Glendinning, Professor S James, Professor PM
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr j Jonczyk Dr C Walsh
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Department: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 April 2016 Ends: 19 May 2017 Value (£): 9,671,332
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The UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) will provide leadership and support for the development and growth of a coordinated and coherent, world class, UK-based national infrastructure research community, spanning at least 14 universities. It will engage government, city and commercial policy makers, investors, citizens and academia in a joint venture that drives innovation and value creation in the exploitation of services provided by national infrastructure. Through central coordination, providing a focal point for knowledge transfer, UKCRIC will support a step-change in the nation's approach to infrastructure investment.

A key UKCRIC objective is, through the coordinated investment in a range of national research facilities, to directly address the first four Engineering Grand Challenges prioritised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2015: (i) Sustainable engineering solutions to provide water for all; (ii) Future Cities; (iii) Engineering across length scales; and, (iv) Identifying risk and building resilience into engineered systems.

This application is for a capital investment contribution towards the development of urban infrastructure engineering research facilities to be based on Newcastle University's Science Central campus development. This will provide world class, and unique, research facilities in surface water management. Furthermore, by providing the research infrastructure to interconnect multiple infrastructure systems UKCRIC@Newcastle will create a unique 'integrated infrastructure' research facility to understand system integration and infrastructure interdependencies.

As a result of these activities, UKCRIC@Newcastle will support the wider UKCRIC aims to:

1 Generate new knowledge, technologies and digital solutions that reduce the risk of, and add value to, the very large investments in infrastructure that will have to be made over the next 50 years;

2 Develop innovative solutions, including digital solutions, to infrastructure problems that reduce the cost of ownership of infrastructure and enhance the value of derived services;

3 Radically improve the resilience of infrastructure systems and services against extreme events;

4 Grow and maintain the capacity and capability of infrastructure professionals so as to enhance domestic and global commercial market opportunities.

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