NEWS - Changes to Research Award
Following the high number of quality applications to the 2016 Research Award scheme the Research Panel has decided to change the scheme to enable more applicants to be funded. In future the scheme will run biennially. This will provide more flexibility in the number of awards that can be made in any one round of applications. The scheme will be open for applications again in January 2018.
About the scheme
The Research Award is the largest set of grants the Institution makes. Grants of £6000
are available biennially, funded by the Institution’s Research Fund.
The Award supports the highest quality research in structural engineering. We’re looking for innovative research ideas, or ideas to develop further strands of ongoing research. Applications are particularly encouraged that fulfil the Industry Focussed Research Challenge
These projects must be a collaboration between industry and academia.
Winners of the 2016 Awards
Three awards of £6000 were made in 2016:
Professor Ahmed Y. Elghazouli and Dr Dan Bompa of Imperial College London will undertake research to provide much-needed guidance on the seismic performance requirements for using mechanical reinforcement couplers in reinforced concrete structures. The researchers will work with coupler manufacturer Dextra Group, code committees and design staff at Atkins to ensure the results are of value to designers, material testing standards committees, and seismic design code committees.
View more details of Professor Ahmed Y. Elghazouli’s project.
Dr Wendel Sebastian and Joshua Mudie of University of Bristol will partner with Arup to investigate hybrid timber-concrete floors. This lightweight, low-carbon floor system has tremendous potential for prefabrication which will speed-up construction work on site. It is hoped that this project will spawn a much larger (EPSRC) project, the output of which would keep the UK at the leading edge of low-carbon construction globally. View more details of Dr Wendel Sebastian’s project.
Dr Stylianos Yaitros and Professor Brennan of Cranfield university partnered with Ramboll to perform vibration testing of steel foam sandwich components to explore new applications for this material which can absorb vibrations and mitigate buckling at the same time, and hence improve fatigue life. The intention is that this pilot study will lead to further research and development of multifunctional wind turbine stiffeners, giving UK industry and academia an edge. View the results of Dr Stylianos Yiatros’ project.
The Research Award scheme will open for entries again in January 2018
Who can apply?
Conditions for research applicants
Guidance for industrial partners
How do I apply?
When will I hear?
For further information about the Research Award contact Berenice Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.