Research and Development Enabling Fund

Have you developed an innovative idea that needs funding to get it off the ground? Are you working on a project that needs financial help to complete?

If so, an ICE R&D Enabling Fund grant could help. The fund was set up 20 years ago to help civil engineers develop new and innovative ideas and tackle problems in design or construction. It is managed by ICE’s Research, Development and Innovation Panel.

The fund is open to any ICE member at any level of their career. You can apply at anytime during the year.

2 routes to secure funding

Route A

Applicants who have endorsement from 2 ICE Fellows.

Route B

For applicants that may not have access to ICE Fellows. These applications will be sent to ICE members for endorsement.

You can indicate your preferred route when completing the application form (below).

What sort of projects will the fund back?

The panel is particularly interested in civil engineering ideas that:

  • Address any of the key questions identified in the current call for funding
  • Support the ICE strategic knowledge themes
  • Have a broad social benefit
  • Raise the profile of civil engineers and civil engineering

How much funding should I expect?

A typical project has a budget of up to £25,000. Funding up to £50,000 is available.

Find out more about applying for the Enabling Fund.

  • Panel chair: Professor Chris Rogers Eur Ing, BSc, PhD, CEng, MICE, MIHT

    Research and Development Enabling Fund

    Chris Rogers spent three years in the civil engineering industry before returning to academia to research pipeline soil-structure interaction. He lectured at Nottingham and Loughborough Universities before taking up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 1998. His research portfolio is dominated by two primary, necessarily interrelated, themes of infrastructure engineering and urban sustainability, resilience and liveability.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Brian Bell
Adrian Long Queens University Belfast
Mark Bew UK Government BIM Task Group
Mike Forde University of Edinburgh
Minna Karstunen Chalmers University of Technology - Sweden
Neil Loudon Highways England
Mark Wray Innovate UK
Patricia Carrillo Loughborough University
Roger Venables Venables Consultancy
Richard Giffen ARUP
Tim Embley Costain
Stephanie Glendinning Newcastle University
Tiziana Rossetto UCL

How to apply for funding

The Enabling Fund application form asks a series of questions and explains what information the panel requires. Applications are then assessed based on the whether they support the themes above and the likelihood of project delivery.

If successful, funding will be released when key project milestones are met.

Application form

Further information

To find out more about the Enabling Fund contact:

E: [email protected]