The current ‘Research and Professional Institution’ Sponsors are drawn from Government Departments, professional Institutions, Universities, Centres of Research and representative organisations:



Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

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Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)

The Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE) is a Centre of Excellence committed to advanced training and research in Engineering and Management. At the core of our operations is the prestigious Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme, which is designed to produce doctoral graduates who can drive innovation in the engineering industry with the highest level of technical, managerial and business competence. CICE take pride in their very close links with industry and welcome enquiries from all areas of the engineering industry sectors.

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Centre for Windows and Cladding Technology (CWCT)

The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology is a leading information provider and trainer in the field of building envelopes and glazing. It is an industry-funded Centre based at the University of Bath. CWCT sets industry standards and publishes both standards and guidance. CWCT, through its members, is able to provide a wide range of advice to the whole construction industry on a consultancy basis.

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Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the world's largest professional body for construction management and leadership. It has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and has been doing so since 1834. CIOB's members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. The CIOB accredits university degrees, educational courses and training.

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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

The Institution of Civil Engineers is a registered charity and an international membership organisation that promotes and advances civil engineering around the world. The ICE qualifies civil engineering professionals and promotes their contribution to society worldwide. The ICE is also a centre for exchanging specialist knowledge and best practice and provides resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession. Civil engineers shape the world around us every day by designing, building, maintaining and improving infrastructure like bridges, roads, hospitals, schools, power stations and railways. ICE's members help to create the structures and systems that sustain society.

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Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering, with over 27,000 members working in 105 countries around the world.The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

The core work of the Institution is supporting and protecting the profession of structural engineering by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers. As part of its work the Institution offers a range of research grants and activities supported by its Research Fund.

The Undergraduate Research Grants Scheme aims to support challenging research projects carried out during term time as part of the assessed work of a degree programme. Up to ten grants of a maximum of £800 each are available and awarded to students and universities submitting the best project ideas.

The MSc Research Grants Scheme sponsors postgraduate research projects carried out as part of a full or part-time MSc degree programme. Every year grants of £500 are available for the best project ideas, plus an additional £500 is presented to the best report and poster.

The Young Researchers Conference is an annual event which provides a platform for research students to present their work and exchange ideas with their peers, industry leaders and selected members of the Institution.

Annual Research Awards of up to £6000 are granted to individuals or teams to encourage high quality research with the involvement of industry.

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Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)

As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

RAEng provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place from which to do business. RAEng takes a lead on engineering education and invests in the UK’s world class research base to underpin innovation. RAEng works to improve the public's awareness and understanding of engineering.

RAEng is a national academy with a global outlook and uses it's international partnerships to ensure that the UK benefits from international networks, expertise and investment.

The Academy’s work programmes for 2011 to 2015 are driven by four strategic challenges, each of which provides a key contribution to a strong and vibrant engineering sector and to the health and wealth of society:

  • Drive faster and more balanced economic growth
  • Foster better education and skills
  • Lead the profession
  • Promote engineering at the heart of society

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