We are creating a unified UKRI website that brings together the existing research council, Innovate UK and Research England websites.
If you would like to be involved in its development let us know.

UK Climate Resilience Programme – Two topics – Governing Adaptation and Enhanced Climate Change Risk Assessment Capability

Return to opportunities


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is inviting proposals to their second funding opportunity through the UK Climate Resilience programme, funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The programme aims to draw together fragmented climate research and expertise to deliver robust, multi- and inter-disciplinary research into climate risks and adaptation solutions.

In this second UKRI funding opportunity, up to £3.5 million is available across two topics, up to 28 months in duration.

Topic A:  Enhanced Climate Change Risk Assessment capability

This topic aims to produce improved UK spatial modelling of climate-related risks, characterisation of interdependent risks and representation of adaptation strategies in integrated assessment models of impact and adaptation.

Up to one interdisciplinary proposal will be funded in this topic area up to the value of £2m (at 80% FEC) for up to 28 months in duration. Applications are anticipated to include researchers across the natural, physical, engineering, health, arts and humanities and social sciences.

Topic B: Governing Adaptation

This topic aims to enhance our understanding of the social, institutional and cultural contexts, including behaviour, capacity and governance of individuals, organisations and policy, and the interactions between them, in delivering adaptation.

This topic will be delivered through a maximum of two projects, each up to the value of £750,000 (at 80% FEC) and up to 28 months in duration.

Town hall meeting

The UK Climate Resilience programme will be holding an open town hall meeting on 3 October 2019 in London (venue tbc) to further communicate the remit and objectives of the programme and the specific requirements of this call, and bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines with interests in climate impacts and resilience in the UK. Attendance to the meeting is not mandatory for applicants.


UKRI will host a webinar 1-2pm on Friday 8 November to support the second funding opportunity for the Strategic Priorities Fund UK Climate Resilience programme for Enhanced Climate Change Risk Assessment capability. This topic aims to produce improved UK spatial modelling of climate-related risks, characterisation of interdependent risks and representation of adaptation strategies in integrated assessment models of impact and adaptation.  

The webinar will offer an opportunity for applicants to the call to engage with Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Committee on Climate Change to ensure proposals develop strong links to benefit future Climate Change Risk Assessments (CCRAs) and National Adaptation Programme (NAPs) by highlighting geographical hotspot areas and priority risks in a more systematic way, whilst also enabling generation of research insights, for example, into interdependent climatic risks in the UK.

Driven by the UK Climate Change Act (2008), the UK government undertakes a Climate Change Risk Assessment every five years to identify priority climate risks which informs its National Adaptation Programme. While the underlying science base underpinning the CCRAs has progressed over recent years, there is not yet a consistent platform for assimilating scientific knowledge on a continuous basis to support each cycle of CCRA. A coherent platform would enable the exploration of different future scenarios consistently (including climate and socio-economic scenarios), coherent treatment of uncertainty across different climate impact models and testing of adaptation options.

The analysis of climate risks and adaptation responses is inherently spatial, hence the importance of developing UK spatial modelling capability that links different sectors together (e.g., natural environment, human health and infrastructure) and shows the geographical distribution of risks. This geospatial modelling capability must be capable of characterising interdependencies between sectors and risks, and representing adaptation strategies in models and assessments. The research will provide an open, innovative, flexible and continuously evolving platform for UK-scale integrated assessment modelling for climate change risk assessment.

Participants may join the webinar using the following links

Option 1: From PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device

Please click this URL to join

Password: ClimateRes

Option 2: By phone (using Webinar ID: 761 534 576 / Password: 433831)

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 051 2874  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 966 3809  or 0800 031 5717 (Toll Free) or 0800 260 5801 (Toll Free). International numbers are available here.

Please note: The optimal will be via the video link as there may be some slides presented. This route will also allow participants to submit live questions to presenters.  

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 05/12/2019

How to make an application

Further Information


For further information on the programme, please contact climateresilience@nerc.ukri.org.

For questions regarding AHRC remit within the topics please contact tim.pank@ahrc.ukri.org.

Return to archived opportunities