EEFIT Research Grants

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.

Up to two awards of £1,500 each are available each year. The 2018 scheme will open in April 2018.

Two grants of £1,500 each were awarded in 2017:

Mechanical characterisation of traditional brick masonry in Kathmandu, Nepal 

Reconstruction following the Gorkha Earthquake of 25th of April 2015 has fuelled a renewed demand for bricks. Experts have been trying to implement improved methods of construction and materials to reduce the vulnerability of buildings against seismic action. This research to be undertaken by Claudio Corallo and Evan Speer of The Moreton Partnership will provide much needed scientific data to the problem of variability of mechanical properties of bedding mortar in traditional Nepali masonry construction by providing details of successful mixes and additives capable of improving resilience of the mortar. More details about the project are available here.

Cumulative damage assessment and strengthening efficiency of masonry buildings in Norcia affected by the 2016 seismic events in Central Italy

Prof Dina D’Ayala and Valentina Putrino of University College London will explore the evolution of seismic damage to the residential masonry buildings in Norcia and assess the effectiveness of strengthening devices put in place on this building stock. The data that will be collected from this much-needed systematic study will enhance and improve the existing set of fragility functions used to evaluate the seismic vulnerability of historic city centres in Italy. The study of the efficacy of different strengthening solutions will support the amendment of the Italian Seismic Code amongst others and generate lessons applicable to India, Nepal, Portugal and Greece. More details about the project are available here.

Grants are provided by the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team, serviced by The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Further information

Take a look at previous winners of the EEFIT Research Grant Scheme.

If you have any questions, please contact the EEFIT Secretary, Berenice Chan, at or on 020 7235 4535.

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