Environment minister Lord Taylor has launched a competition to find ways to protect UK infrastructure from the effects of climate change.
The prize fund of £400,000 will be shared out to provide help for successful applicants to develop their pioneering ideas.
Defra’s Climate Change Risk Assessment found that flood risks to buildings and infrastructure are anticipated to rise to up to £12bn by the 2080s.
Lord Taylor said: “The competition that we are announcing today challenges our world class engineers and scientists to come up with innovative ways to protect the UK’s infrastructure from any effects of changing climate.”
The competition runs from 27 July to 7 September, and applicants must be in a position to start design work by October.