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Research Award

Research Award

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The Institution's Research Fund awards grants every two years to support high quality research in structural engineering.

We look for new, innovative projects or proposals to develop ongoing research. A portion of this research must be conducted within a university.

Topics for study

Applications based on our industry focussed research themes are encouraged, but you are welcome to cover other topics.


  • Either a university researcher or industrial partner may apply
  • Your application form must be completed and signed by both an industry and academic partner
  • Your application may be for work that forms part of a larger project. In this case your application must state exactly what part of the project the grant will fund
  • Research can be conducted by an individual or group at any career stage

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Technical quality
  • Extent to which project develops a working relationship (new or existing) between research and industry partners

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Impact to industry
  • Benefit to IStructE members
  • Benefit to society
  • Value for money

We also encourage pilot studies that may not attract conventional Research Council funding.

Please submit your application in English.

Conditions of the grant

Funding can be split between the university and industrial partner, although it is more likely that the majority will go to the academic partner.

The grant may be used by an academic partner for materials, test equipment, software, modest travel costs (less than £1,000), and salary for researcher or lab technicians.

Funds going to an industry 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.

The £6,000 grant will be paid in two installments: £5,000 upfront and £1,000 on delivery of a project summary.

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

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