Undergraduate Research Grants

Our Undergraduate Research Grants Scheme aims to support challenging research projects carried out during term time as part of the assessed work of a degree programme. Projects must include research or an element of innovation. Up to ten Grants of a maximum of £800 each are available and awarded to students and universities submitting the best project ideas.

Applications for 2016/17 Scheme will open in early 2016

How to apply

  • The supervisor must complete an application form between March and 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.

Selection 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 Industry Focussed Research Challenge will receive additional credit in the initial selection of grant winners. More information on this mechanism can be found here.

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


Grants up to a maximum value of £800 each will be awarded: £200 will be awarded to the student and up to £600 will be awarded to the university to cover project costs (e.g. equipment, software licences, consumables).

A breakdown of costs must be provided as part of the application.

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.

Posters will be judged with a £250 prize for the winner and £150 for the runner-up. The winning poster will be displayed at the Young Researchers' Conference.

On being awarded a Grant, the supervisor must confirm when the project is to be carried out and, in due course, by whom. The supervisor must confirm that the university will make suitable resources available for the successful execution of the project.

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 delivery of the full project, as detailed above.

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.

Please tell the Technical Department immediately of any changes in circumstances that would affect the undertaking of the proposed project.

Further information

Contact the technical department (technical@istructe.org)

2015/16 Funded projects

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Project title



Imperial College London

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

Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype

Teesside University

Investigation of energy dissipation in shape memory alloy wire bundles for seismic applications stress-wave based methods for Non Destructive Testing (NDT)

Chandra Mouli Vemury

University of Leeds

Aluminium use in structural applications through cross-sectional design topology optimisation

Konstantinos Tsavdardis

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