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Opportunity profile: Constructing a better future

Interdisciplinary researchers with ambitious ideas for construction can pitch for up to £100,000 to launch their projects. Fiona McIntyre speaks to Jacqueline Glass, principal investigator for the Transforming Construction Network Plus.

Jacqueline’s top tips

  • These grants should be considered as pilot funding for ambitious projects that could make a step-change in construction.
  • Partnerships with industry are encouraged, if they are appropriate, but this is not the scheme for large consortia.
  • Ensure your project can be completed within the nine months available.
  • Postdocs or new probationary lecturers should get a more senior member of staff to act as principal investigator for their bid.
  • Proposals must focus on buildings and construction, and applicants should take an interdisciplinary approach.

The Transforming Construction Network Plus is a project between University College London, Imperial College London and the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, with support from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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