The EEFIT Research Grant Scheme supports short-term projects that will benefit earthquake disaster mitigation and post-disaster reconnaissance efforts. Projects on hazards related to earthquakes can also be funded under this scheme.

Applications for the 2017 scheme will be invited in April 2017.

2016 Scheme

Two grants of £1500 have been awarded under the 2016 scheme:

Assessing the viability of drones and omni-directional imagery with virtual reality tools in post-earthquake reconnaissance missions

Harriette Stone of University College London will explore the extent to which drones and omni-directional imagery with virtual reality tools can aid data collection, reduce risk to surveyors, and improve the effectiveness of surveying on reconnaissance missions. A practical guide will be produced on this for use in the field for future missions. The full project report is available here.

Measuring Recovery: signposts to good practice

Laura Howlett of University College London will identify and describe some of the effective methods and tools for measuring and assessing post-disaster recovery in the built environment (re: shelter and local infrastructure). The project will also look at the resources, capacities and skills needed to use these methods and tools effectively. Laura will produce a short guide to selected key guidance and resources on this topic.  More details about the project are available here.

Previously funded projects

ONE ad-hoc grant of £1500 was awarded in 2015:

Building blocks for earthquake resilience

Edmund Booth, consultant, will investigate the factors which determine the ability of a society to respond to, and recover from, a major earthquake. The scope will cover political, economic and sociological as well as technical factors, and will include both developed and developing countries, primarily in an urban context. The research will form the basis for the 16th Mallet-Milne lecture, to be presented in June 2017. More details about the project are available here.

TWO Grants of £1,500 each were awarded in July 2014:

Investigating the benefits and guidelines required for crowd-sourced photographs post-disaster

Hannah Baker, a Research Assistant at Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. will investigate whether the crowd-sourcing and geo-location of photographs will help to remotely assess damage to buildings from earthquakes and validate damage level classifications. Additionally, she will formulate a set of guidelines for members of the public providing post-disaster photographs. Hannah’s research will contribute to the fundamental research required to further develop the Snap and Map Tool website that uses photographs to investigate building vulnerability and analyse earthquake damage. The full project report is available here.

Structural response during the 2011 Japan tsunami

The second Grant has been awarded to Joshua Macabuag, an Engineering Doctorate student at University College London, who will answer the research question: "How well do current tsunami load estimates account for observed building damage during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami?" Joshua will visit Tohoku University to work on the detailed structural analysis of buildings damaged by the 2011 Tsunami. He will consider loads from inundation modelling carried out at Tōhoku University together with loads from physical tsunami testing carried out by University College London. The intention is to identify the most appropriate loading estimates to be used in damage estimates and design. Read more about the project outcomes here.

ONE Grant of £1500 each was awarded in June 2013:

Monitoring recovery after earthquakes through the integration of remote sensing, GIS and ground observations: The case of L’Aquila, Italy.

Diana Maria Contreras Mojica, a PhD student at Salzburg University, investigated methods for monitoring the different phases of recovery of a city after earthquakes by integrating the use of remote sensing, geographical information systems and ground observations. The study used data from the L’Aquila (Italy) earthquake (which EEFIT visited in 2009 and again in 2012) to derive a recovery index based on spatial indicators which will make monitoring recovery both time and cost effective.

Such monitoring will enable the emergent causal factors of vulnerability to be kept under control and encourage recovery planning to be improved around the world. The full project report is available here.

Further information

Contact the EEFIT Secretary, Berenice Chan ( or tel: 020 7201 9125.

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