The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced a £15 million partnership with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation to address critical challenges in engineering safety around the world. The partnership will build on the Academy’s network of global alliances to tackle the most pressing engineering safety and sustainability problems, and develop these into practical and accessible outputs for the engineering profession and affected communities.

Over five years, the partnership will allocate £15 million in funding to create communities of best practice and build global research collaborations to develop practical solutions. The partnership will initially focus on three topics:

  • Safer Complex Systems - We live in a world where the critical infrastructure upon which we rely is increasingly made of complex interconnected systems. Our safety is endangered when localised issues result in much wider often unanticipated consequences. This programme will develop and implement practical solutions to improve the safety of complex systems
  • Safer End of Engineering Life - End of life and decommissioning bring safety challenges across many industries, ranging from hazardous medical waste to decommissioning of offshore structures. These issues often displace safety risks to parts of the world least able to manage them. This international programme will improve safety by improving practices.
  • Developing Engineering Skills where they are most needed - Population growth in emerging economies is driving huge investment in critical infrastructure. However, a skills gap that is exacerbated by a reliance on multinational organisations and temporary, non-domestic workforces is limiting capability to operate and maintain such infrastructure safely. This programme will implement capacity-building programmes to address these needs.

Announced during the Global Engineering Congress 2018, the partnership may result in new standards, or codes of conduct, or even new approaches to engineering education, and will support programmes that have the most impact upon engineering practice globally.

As the partnership develops it is hoped that additional funders who share the Academy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s vision of engineering a safe and sustainable future will join the network. Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with the Academy and contact Shaarad Sharma.


Current Opportunities

Global workshop: Improving Safety in the Decommissioning of Offshore Structures including Ships Globally

At its inception, the Safer End of Engineered Life Programme will host a workshop on 8 and 9 July 2019 in London, bringing together stakeholders from industry, academia and government in a multidisciplinary, multisector effort that addresses fundamental safety challenges in Decommissioning of Offshore Structures, including Ships across the world.

The theme for this workshop will be to 'Achieve safety though raising standards, improving consistency and spreading the implementation of best practices in the global handling of the decommissioning of offshore systems, including ships'. More details on the workshop can be found here with updates to follow shortly.


Call for Ideas: Engineering Skills where they are most needed

The Engineering Skills where they are most needed programme will support ambitious and innovative projects and partnerships that build the skills needed to safely operate and maintain critical infrastructure, including those with a focus on the impact of emerging technologies. We have developed a Call for Ideas to allow the community to help us identify the most critical needs and design suitable schemes under the Programme which will enable us to make the most impact.

Call for Ideas - Engineering skills where they are most needed. Deadline: 2pm, 2nd July 2019


For more information on the Partnership, please contact Shaarad Sharma.