New challenge-led grant awarded to the BGS to address resilience challenges facing developing countries


A cross–academy initiative by the UK National Academies has awarded funding to research teams that have proposed solutions for the globe’s most challenging issues of resilience.

Dr Michael Ellis, head of catchment science and observatories at the British Geological Survey (BGS), will lead a new project alongside Dr Bui Quang Hung from Vietnam National University and Dr Maria Aileen Leah G Guzman from Ateneo de Manila University.

The project aims to understand and increase the resilience to hazards of rapidly expanding cities in Vietnam and the Philippines. Asian cities and vulnerable populations are exposed to multiple natural hazards, which are generally exacerbated by human interventions including rapid urbanisation. This project will look at the interplay of culture (the human ’process’), hazards and their impacts, and catchment properties to develop tools and a better understanding of resilience for Vietnamese and Pilipino civil society

In total, 15 international and interdisciplinary consortia are receiving over £7 million from the UK Government–funded Challenge–led Grants.

The grants are part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting–edge research and innovation that address the global issues faced by developing countries.

The grants aim to foster collaboration not just between disciplines but between countries, with each consortium being composed of one research group from the UK and two from developing countries.



16 May 2019