All around the world people rely on critical infrastructures to survive, stay safe and maintain a good quality of life. Much of this infrastructure, for example food and water supply, healthcare, housing, transportation and communication, is made up of complex systems.

Engineering X, a collaboration between the Academy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), has launched a £5 million, 5-year programme, Safer Complex Systems, to increase safety in the design, management and governance of complex systems. The programme will achieve this by supporting the most impactful interventions where they are most needed, globally.

The Safer Complex Systems programme is governed through a board chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng, former Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and leader of the UK Government's Independent Review on Building a Safer Future conducted after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London.



  • To deliver innovative, practical solutions that increase safety in the design, management and governance of complex systems globally
  • To build a diverse, global complex systems community
  • To engage and influence key stakeholder groups, including members of the public, to empower them to make complex systems safer


Current opportunities

Call for Ideas

This is a great opportunity for stakeholders located anywhere globally to input into the strategy of the Safer Complex Systems programme. Your response will help determine the countries and activities that receive funding through this programme.

We welcome input from the full breadth of engineering, and from all organisation types, all sectors and all disciplines. This is a global programme and we welcome responses from all countries. We particularly encourage responses from women and other underrepresented groups.

Please click below to respond to the survey and to share with your global networks.

Survey: Safer Complex Systems call for ideas


Call for Case Studies

The Call for Case Studies asks applicants to examine past examples of good practice or failure in the design, management or governance of complex systems globally.

Each case study will analyse a complex system in a specific international context to extract key learnings in the form of good practice (following success) or lessons learned (following systems failure) that are summarised to a level that can be understood and applied across any sector. These key learnings will be shared widely across sectors and international boundaries with the aim of protecting people by inspiring safer practices.

Call for case studies


Upcoming opportunities

  • Application for Advocacy Programme, 2020
  • Application for Phase II of Global Foresight Review on the Safety of Complex Systems, June 2020
  • Application for Grant Funding, 2020
  • Application to attend Global Workshop on Safer Complex Systems, 2020



If you have any questions or if you are interested in joining the Academy’s complex system community please contact Shelley Stromdale, Programme Officer.