Undergraduate Research Grants

The Undergraduate Research Grants Scheme aims to support challenging and satisfying research at undergraduate level. These grants, funded by the Institution's Rsearch Fund, support research projects carried out during term time as part of the assessed work of a degree programme. 

Up to ten Grants are available with £200 going to the student and up to £600 for project costs. Prizes of £250 and £150 are also available for students who submit the best poster and executive summary of their project findings.

Applications are now open!

How to apply

  • Download the application form and save it to your computer before re-opening the file from your computer, and filling it in. Once you have completed the form, you can click on the "send" button at the bottom to submit it.
  • The supervisor must complete and submit the application form by Friday 13 May
  • Applications should be made for a particular project idea to be carried out in the subsequent academic year
  • If the application is successful, the supervisor then selects a suitable student(s) to undertake the project
  • The timing of the project is intended to coincide with the university's usual arrangements for term time undergraduate projects that are assessed for a degree


For a research project to be eligible for an Undergraduate Research Grant it must be:

  • Focused on a structural engineering topic
  • Undertaken during term time in the last or penultimate year of undergraduate study and before graduation
  • Part of the assessed work of an undergraduate degree programme (BSc, BEng or MEng) in civil or structural engineering
  • Undertaken by an individual student or as a joint project with two students

Postgraduate studies (MSc and PhD) are not eligible.

Only one application can be submitted by each member of academic staff per year.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing applications:

  • Extent of innovation
  • Impact on practice
  • Feasibility for a student to conduct the project within a short time frame
  • Likelihood of expected outcome to provide scope for further research

Please note that applications that address the priorities of the Institution's Industry Focussed Research Challenge will receive additional credit in the assessment process. More information on this mechanism can be found here. Note that it is still possible to be awarded funding for research not aligned with the challenge themes if the research idea is of sufficient quality.

Project deliverables

  • an A1 poster highlighting the main features of the project
  • an executive summary of 200 to 300 words (relating, where possible, the project outputs to practice or further research required).


  • A breakdown of costs must be provided as part of the application.
  • The grant is awarded to a named supervisor for a specific project as detailed on the application form; grants are not transferable to other supervisors or projects.
  • On being awarded a grant, the supervisor must select a suitable student to undertake the project and notify the Institution who will undertake the project and when.
  • The supervisor must provide supervision for the project and confirm that the university will make suitable resources available for the successful execution of the project.
  • On being awarded a grant , the supervisor must agree to details of the project's aims, description and benefits appearing on the Institution's website with their contact details
  • The grant will be paid in two instalments. The first, covering project costs, will be paid to the supervisor at the beginning of the project. The second instalment will be paid to the student upon receipt of the deliverables.
  • The student must agree to submit an A1 poster highlighting the main features of the project and an executive summary of 200 to 300 words (relating, where possible, the project outputs to practise or further research required) within two months of completing the project.
  • The supervisor must agree to the student's deliverables (executive summary and poster) appearing on the Institution's website with the supervisor’s contact details.
  • The supervisor must tell the Institution immediately of any changes in circumstances that would affect the undertaking of the proposed project.
Download the application form

Application deadline: Friday 13 May

Any questions?

Contact the technical department (technical@istructe.org)

2016/17 Funded projects

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Project summary



Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Confinement effect of high strength concrete with nominal compressive cylinder strength of 100 MPa in concrete-filled steel circular tubes

Dr Tak-Ming Chan

Hofstra University

Investigation of a rapidly deployable polyester-rope suspended footbridge 

Dr Edward Segal

University of Bristol

Novel Instrumentation of Timber-Concrete Connections

Dr Wendel Sebastian

University of Cambridge

Next generation FRP connections for Free-Form buildings

Dr Marco Dona

Loughborough University

Structural performances of waste-derived hybrid organic-inorganic concrete

Dr Mariateresa Lombardo

Plymouth University

Testing the chloride permeability of Graphene Oxide reinforced concrete

Dr Boksun Kim


2015/16 Funded projects

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Project summary




Imperial College London

Structural performance of robotically-fabricated mechanical joints for folded timber structures

Paul Zhu

Dr Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype

Teesside University

Investigation of energy dissipation in shape memory alloy wire bundles for seismic applications

Feras Salahedding Abozaid & Arsalan Saleki

Mr Chandra Mouli Vemury

University of Leeds

Novel morphologies of aluminium cross-sections through structural topology optimisation techniques

Lukas Grekavicius & Jack Hughes

Dr Konstantinos Tsavdardis

Loughborough University

Stress-wave based methods for Non Destructive Testing (NDT)

Tanapa Bumrungtrakul Dr Mariateresa Lombardo

2014/15 Funded projects

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Project summary




Loughborough University

Steel Fibre Reinforced Self-Stressing Concrete (SFRSSC)

Michaela Hall

Alessandro Palmeri

Plymouth University

Investigation of methods to enhance the strength and stiffness of concrete with a small quantity of graphene oxide flakes

Lawrence Taylor & Andrew Quinn

Boksun Kim

Loughborough University

Dynamic performance of rubberised concrete beams

Oliver Jones & Chris Philpott

Mariateresa Lombardo

 University of Cambridge
 The stability of stone pinnacles under wind loading Samuel Cocking  Matthew DeJong

University of Warwick

Prevention and control of vibration serviceability problems in footbridges

Alex Lamm & Daniel Little

Stana Zivanovic

University of Bristol

Continuous Timber-Concrete Composite Floors

Joshua Mudie & Guy Cox

Wendel Michael Sebastian

2013/14 Funded projects

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Project summary




University of Sheffield

Shear connection of cross laminated timber to steel beams with gangnail plates
   Christopher Jarvis  Buick Davison
 University of Sheffield New design equations for RHS joints subject to side wall buckling
   Na Zhang  Jurgen Becque
 University of Leeds Optimisation of column-beam connections using beam web perforation
   Theodore Papadopoulos  Konstantinos Tsavdaridis
 University of Bolton An investigation into the engineering properties of structural timber in historic buildings
   Nicola Bingham  Mike Bather
 University of Exeter Using distributed temperature measurements to characterise thermal stress variations in highway bridges
   Matthew Wilson  Prakash Kripakaran
 Edinburgh Napier University Reinforced prefabricated timber frame racking wall panels
   Maxime Garcia  Robert Hairstans
 Kingston University Developing of pretensioned RC beams with BFRP reinforcement
   Ali Wasman  Ted Donchev
 University of Sheffield Dynamic loading of floors in entertainment venues due to multiple active occupants
   Sarah Dean  Vitomir Racic
 University of Nottingham Performance of anchored blind-bolts in lightweight self-compacting concrete-filled tubes
   Hao Peng  Walid Tizani

2012/13 Funded projects

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Project summary Posters Supervisor

Loughborough University

Seismic Rocking of TMD-Controlled Structures

David Newby

Alessandro Palmeri

Plymouth University

Experimental Determination of the Buckling Behaviour of Steel Web Tapered Tee Section Cantilevers

Praveen Gunarath & Christos Mountrichas



Boksun Kim

Queen's University Belfast

Sustainable moment connections in timber structures

Ruth Mulholland

Daniel McPolin

Edinburgh Napier University

Evaluation of Shear Constant of Timber Glulam Composite Using Torsional Test

Mark Brain & Shicheng Zhu

Hexin Zhang

University of Wolverhampton

Influence of shredded waste plastic on flexural performance of reinforced concrete beams

Pauldeep Dhinsay

Jamal Khatib

University College London

Feasibility prototype of a floating solar chinmey

Mohammed Oualid and Oliver Wilson

Philippe Duffour

University of Birmingham Corrosion-damaged RC beams repaired in shear with embedded FRP bar

Mark Hipwell Samir Dirar
University of Bristol Model testing for the optimum arrangement for multi-pod foundation supported wind turbines

Kasun Wijesooriya & Adrian Lam Subhamoy Bhattacharya
University of Sheffield Dynamic loading of footbridges due to people running

Gideon Lowes Vitomir Racic
University of Bristol Structural Interaction Between Wearing Surface and Cellular GFRP Bridge Decking Christopher Kennedy and Tom Webster Wendel Sebastian

2011/12 Funded projects

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Project summary




Queen's University Belfast

Development of novel pre-stressed timber composites

Diarmuid Dillon

Dr Daniel McPolin

Warwick University

Vandal loading on footbridges

Erol Halil & Heinrich Kaniude

Dr Stana Zivanovic

University of Wolverhampton

Flexural behaviour of reinforced concrete beams containing sustainable novel lightweight aggregate

Joe Jobborn

Dr Jamal Khatib

Sheffield University

Data-driven forcing model to estimate dynamic response of high-frequency floors to footfalls

Alice Bleach

Dr Vitomir Racic

Loughborough University

Mechanical characterisation of waste-tyre rubberised concrete

Thomas Godfrey & Stephen Martin

Dr Alessandro Palmeri

University of Edinburgh

The structural performance of cable-supported structures during a fire

Jonathan Noblett & Hector Haines

Dr Tim Stratford

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