The R&D Enabling Fund forms part of a portfolio of charitable activity undertaken by the Institution.
The Fund aims to promote the technical development of civil engineering and tackle problems in design or construction identified by practitioners. The purpose of the Fund is primarily to enable research projects to get underway, rather than to fund research projects in their entirety.
Who can apply?
Individuals and organisations may freely apply for an R&D grant during the twice-yearly application periods using the application form available from the Institution website or directly from the R&D Enabling Fund secretariat. The Fund's guidelines can be found here.
Closing dates for the two calls for applications are 1 October 2012 and 1 April 2013.
Grants & process
The R&D Enabling Fund provides grants of up to £25,000. Each application is passed to two independent external reviewers who are experts in the field. Trustees make the final decision at their bi-annual meeting on which project is funded to which amount, as well as when and in how many tranches a grant is paid.
The fund receives its income through a voluntary donation by the members with their subscription and through additional donations.