Contract opportunity: Study for National Infrastructure Commission – Infrastructure and digital systems resilience

Contract summary

Industry: Research and Development

Value of contract: £10k – £20k

Closing date: 06 April 2017

Contract start date: 18 April 2017

Contract end date: 17 August 2017


The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is an independent body which provides the government with impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges.

The NIC is currently preparing the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) setting out the Commission’s assessment of long-term infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon with recommendations to the government. The NIA will cover transport, digital communications, energy, water and wastewater, flood risk management and solid waste, making a holistic analysis which takes accounts of the various interdependencies between the sectors and cross-cutting issues.

As part of the NIA, the NIC is keen to explore the trend towards digital infrastructure systems from a resilience perspective. More specifically, the NIC’s interest is in the potential for such systems to lead to frequent and highly disruptive accidents, distinct in origin (although not necessarily impact) from malicious acts. The focus of this procurement is to use the available literature, data and evidence to identify and explore key issues – producing a set of recommendations including further issues to review. The NIC may decide to commission further work on this topic, depending on whether it sees benefit to the NIA or other studies, based on the outputs of this procurement.

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