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 2017 scheme is now closed. The 2018 scheme will open in April 2018.

Two grants of £1500 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.

Take a look at previous winners of this Scheme.

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

2017 Scheme details:


Eligible topics for the research grants include:

  • Hazard assessment
  • Post-disaster impact assessment
  • Field data collection tools
  • Post-disaster data assessment methods
  • Damage assessment techniques
  • Mitigation measures
  • Monitoring recovery and/or reconstruction
  • Assessing resilience

Applicants may be from any organisation or country. Applicants must be 18 or over.

Award condition

The grant winner will:

  • Allow outline details of the project to appear on the EEFIT website with the researcher’s contact details
  • Provide EEFIT with a written report on the project, within 2 months of completing the project; the report must include how the work relates to EEFIT’s objectives.
  • Present the results of their research at a suitable Evening Technical Meeting.

It is important to note that £750 will be paid upfront to the award winner and £750 on receipt of a project report of appropriate quality. However, if there is a particular reason for the grant holder needing a larger first installment they can apply to the EEFIT Management Committee for a re-arrangement of the instalments.

Applicants must either be a current EEFIT member or be prepared to join EEFIT (with a subscription of £15) if awarded a grant.

How to apply

Applications must be made using the 2017 application form.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 9 June 2017.

Email your completed application form to

Please be aware of the following guidelines when making your application:

  • Projects comprising multiple studentships are allowed.
  • Applications must be submitted by the main person to carry out the project, or in the case of an undergraduate, graduate or PhD student by the prospective academic supervisors.
  • Applications submitted directly by undergraduate, graduate or PhD students will be disqualified.
  • Each project must be submitted as a separate application. Where applicants submit multiple projects in a single application, all projects will be disqualified and may be refused resubmission.
  • All supporting documentation must be submitted with the application by the closing date. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Notes on the application form

If a student has been identified for this project then their name should be cited on the form in the section on summary of track record. Their short CV should also be appended to the form.

Where the grant is to support work that is part of a larger project then the applicant must state what the EEFIT funding will specifically enable to happen.

Where match-funds have been secured, a letter of confirmation from the project partner should be appended to the application form. 

Where match-funds will be sought post-award, target project partners should be cited on the form in the section on detailed justification for resources required.

Judging criteria

The proposals will be judged by the EEFIT Management Committee and must demonstrate it meets the following judging criteria:

  • Benefit to EEFIT membership
  • Level of innovation
  • Quality of research
  • Feasibility of project

Applications are welcomed from people at any stage in their career and an applicant’s track record will be considered in light of the length of their career.

Notification of outcome

All applications will be reviewed by the EEFIT Management Committee and results will be announced by 14 July 2017.

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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