The next Research Award will open in January 2020.

The Research Award is the largest standalone funding opportunity given by the Institution and is run every two years. Grants of £6,000 are available, provided by the Institution’s Research Fund, to support collaborative research projects between industry and academia.

The Research Award supports high-quality research into structural engineering and looks for new inventive projects or proposals to develop ongoing research. Applications that fulfil the Industry Focussed Research Challenge themes are particularly encouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Department.


Who can apply?

The application can be submitted either by the university researcher or by the industrial partner. To be eligible for an award, a portion of the research must be conducted within a university. Research conducted entirely in industry is ineligible.

Applicants do not need to be a member of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

You can apply for support for work that forms part of a larger project. However, in this case the application must state exactly what part of the project the Award would fund.

Research can be conducted by an individual or group at any career stage.

Assessment criteria

All applications are assessed on technical quality and the extent to which the project develops a working relationship (new or existing) between researcher(s) and an industrial partner(s). Additional assessment criteria (projects should meet at least 1 or 2 of the following):

  • Impact to industry
  • Benefit to members of the Institution
  • Value for money
  • Benefit to society
  • Themes of the Industry Focused Research Challenge.
  • A pilot study that may not attract conventional Research Council funding.

Conditions for applicants

  • This project must be a collaborative effort between industry and academia
  • The Research Award funding can be split between the university and industrial partner although it is anticipated that the majority of funding would go to the academic partner
  • The Research Award can be used in the university for materials, test equipment, software, modest travel costs (less than £1000), and salary for researcher or lab technicians
  • Funds going to the industrial partner can be spent on equipment and software but not on staff costs
  • The application form must be completed and signed by both the industry partner and the academic
  • Projects must start within six months of the Award being made
  • You must write a report about the research after the project has finished
  • You must give a presentation about the project or display poster at a Regional Group evening technical meeting

The Award is paid in two stages: £5000 upfront and £1000 on delivery of a project summary for the Institution website and the Regional Group presentation.

You may be asked to present your research at additional Institutional events, although this is not a condition of the award.

Guidance for industrial partners

Funds going to the industrial partner can be spent on equipment and software but not on staff costs.

The industry partner can support the project through funding, equipment and materials for researchers, mentoring and supervising work.

How do I apply?

The next Research Award will open in January 2020.

When will I hear?

All applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of July 2018.

For further information about the Research Award contact the Technical Department

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