Catalyst grants

Catalyst grants fund smaller research projects which support and complement the SHEAR programme’s goals and work

The SHEAR catalyst grants, funded by DFID and NERC, are smaller research projects that complement the existing four main research projects (LANDSLIP, Landslide-EVO, FATHUM and ForPAc). The projects focus on weather-related hazards (such as floods, droughts and heatwaves) and the events weather can trigger (such as landslides) and improving resilience to these in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Projects will be expected to address one or more of the following research challenges:

  • improved understanding of the hydrological, geological and hydro-meteorological factors that determine the occurrence, duration and impact of the hazards and how they impact on local communities
  • improved understanding of how governance, political interventions and societal factors influence the impact of the hazards and can contribute to better preparedness and resilience
  • development of techniques for multi-hazard risk assessments by building on multi-hazard modelling to include cascading hazards and concurrent hazards
  • development of improved impact models that take into account the vulnerability, exposure and capacity of the affected community
  • development of integrated, multi-hazard risk monitoring and early-warning systems
  • improved understanding of how social and behavioural factors affect the communication, uptake and use of risk-based information and how this can be taken into account when designing effective monitoring and warning systems
  • expanding on existing ongoing research, in particular to scale-up to the regional/national level or to transfer approaches and methodologies to a different area

The expected outcome of the programme is improved research and innovation capacity and new collaborative partnerships in the UK, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that will position the research community to respond to future needs in resilience research, for example from the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund.