BRIGAID - Bridges the Gap for Innovations in Disaster resilience


Contact: Prof. Iggi Litaor

https://brigaid.eu


BRIGAID is a 4-year project (2016-2020) under EU Horizon 2020 aimed to effectively
bridge the gap between innovators and end-users in resilience to floods, droughts and
extreme weather.


Recent studies from the IPCC indicate that Europe is particularly prone to increased
risks of river and coastal floods, droughts resulting in water restrictions and damages
from extreme weather such as heat events and wildfires. Evaluations also show a huge
potential to reduce these risks with novel adaptation strategies. Researchers, innovators
and incubators develop innovative products and services to reduce the increased
climate change risks. Many of these innovations however hardly arrive at the markets.


BRIGAID BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience. BRIGAID's
approach is supported by three pillars. (1) At first BRIGAID takes into account the
geographical variability of climate-related hazards and their interaction with
socio-economic changes, (2) BRIGAID establishes structural, on-going support
for innovations that are ready for validation in field tests and real life
demonstrations and (3) BRIGAID develops a framework that enables an
independent, scientific judgement of the socio-technological effectiveness of an
innovation. BRIGAID's objective is ambitious but achievable with strong
consortium partners in EU, two Associated Countries and support from Overseas
Territories. BRIGAID (a) brings actively together innovators and end-users in
Communities of Innovation, resulting in increased opportunities for market-
uptake; (b) contributes to the development of a technological and performance
standards for adaptation options by providing a Test and Implementation
Framework (TIF) and test facilities throughout Europe; (c) Improves innovation
capacity and the integration of new knowledge by establishing an innovators
network and (d) strengthens the competitiveness and growth of companies with
the support of a dedicated business team. Finally BRIGAID develops a business
models and market outreach to launch innovations to the market and secure
investments in innovations beyond BRIGAID’s lifetime.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 700699.