CIOB Opens £50k Ideas Fund

CIOB Opens £50k Ideas Fund

The CIOB has opened an ideas fund for construction research, putting £50k worth of grants up for grabs.

Original ideas are being backed by the Chartered Institute of Building Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund to support practitioners and researchers in construction.

Now in its second year the Fund is targeting five areas of research – Sustainability in the Built Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Building Performance Improvement, Application of Digital Technologies and Employment Practices in construction.

Saleem Akram CIOB Director said: “There were more than 50 applications last year from 12 countries and we are convinced that many more untapped ideas exist out there in the industry.

“All they need is help getting off the ground and that is where we can offer support. The challenges facing construction are many and while the future may seem uncertain what we know is the industry is packed with innovative techniques, technology and people.”

Applications are open to CIOB members and non-members internationally. Funding is accessible for individuals, companies or in support of larger research projects within other organisations. The CIOB is offering between £2,000-£10,000 for each research project and over a duration of 1 to 2 years.

The Fund is a bequest from Mr. Bowen Jenkins FCIOB who was a Fellow and an active supporter of the CIOB. In the 1950’s he took over his father’s construction business in Hampshire, UK and later became Governor at the old Southampton Technical College, now known as Southampton Solent University. The Fund is one of the CIOB’s largest donated financial legacies.

The Fund is open for entry until 15 July 2016. Details about how to enter and further information is available at


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