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ICE: Apply now for R&D assistance

Individuals and organisations looking to apply for a slice of the next £25,000 tranche of ICE funds to help with research and development projects must submit their entries by 1 October.

The Research and Development (R&D) Enabling Fund forms part of ICE’s charity portfolio with the purpose of promoting technical developments in civil engineering, as well as facilitating research projects that will bring benefit to the wider civil engineering profession.

The idea behind the grants is to offer individuals and organisations a kick-start to pursue research in its early stages or provide a contribution towards the cost of specific research implementation work.

The fund is also open to applicants wanting to carry out historical research and develop significant archiving facilities of historical information that could provide an important source of knowledge for civil engineers, as well as raising the profile of civil engineering.

Previous successes

Previous successful applicants have included a desk study on recent nuclear builds, a client’s guide on the risk of leaking sub-structures and an Olympic Delivery Authority commissioned report to assess the effectiveness of CDM in the delivery of London 2012

ICE vice president Tim Broyd, joined the Board of Trustees in July, succeeding Scott Steedman as chair. In the past five years the fund has granted more than £600,000 to successful applicants.

The fund receives its income from ICE members via their voluntary contributions. Submissions are assessed by two independent and external reviewers, with the final decision in the hands of the trustees of the R&D Enabling Fund.

  • Applications are accepted twice a year. T next deadline is 1 April. For more information visit the ICE website or contact the R&D Fund secretary, Carolina Paulsen, on 0207 665 2223 or email

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