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  • Writer's pictureDamon Butcher

R&D Enabling Fund

Updated: Apr 22, 2022



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 more than 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 towards Engineering Excellence Panel.

Max Grant Size (SME): £50,000

Collaboration: Single and Collaborative

Funding Type: Innovation Grant

Fund Provider(s): ICE

Industries: Civil Engineering, Construction


We aim to provide readily accessible funding to the engineering community and collaborators, and to help deliver on ICE’s business plan by enabling the built environment community to address its key aims.

During its history, the Fund has supported a great many projects, tackling some of the most important issues facing engineers. ICE’s Trustees and expert Knowledge panels, in partnership with the Fund’s dedicated review panel, use information gathered from our membership and community to identify the Fund’s current calls.

The fund is open to anyone working on projects for the benefit of our members and the infrastructure community, and at any stage in your career. We welcome those from across the whole industry spectrum, both ICE members and non-members - from engineers to academics, procurement and legal experts, to architects and surveyors.

The Fund is open to anyone in the infrastructure community, anywhere in the world, at any time.

What sort of projects will the fund back?

Put simply, the R&D project applied for must be of benefit to the ICE membership. In addition, each year the Fund’s panel identifies crucial topics for the engineering community and issues a call for applications, detailing the themes ICE is keen to champion for the coming year and beyond.

The panel is particularly interested in ideas that address any of the key questions identified in the current call for funding:

  • Achieving net zero carbon in infrastructure

  • Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Delivering social value

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.

How much funding can I apply for?

For funding that directly answers one or more of the three call themes, funding is limited to a maximum of £25,000 in the first instance unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated, with additional funding available up to a total of £50,000 if appropriate (e.g. where findings from initial work demonstrate a clear need).

For exceptional projects where the panel have agreed an exact alignment with ICE’s strategic goals, it is possible to apply for more. Grants above £50,000 are reserved for special cases in which the Fund’s panel have identified a specific need for a particular piece of research.


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