ACI Foundation opens annual request for research proposals

The  ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) is seeking to fund concrete projects which advance the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction and structures.

The CRC’s stated ambition is to advance the knowledge and sustainable aspects of concrete materials, construction and structures by soliciting and selecting research proposals, provide financial assistance and publish results.

These proposals and funding parameters include:

  • Topics are encouraged from all areas of concrete research;
  • Up to $50,000 may be approved per project for direct costs;
  • Due to a 15% research organization overhead cost limit, the ACI Foundation may award up an additional $7,500 to fund indirect costs;
  • An ACI technical committee must support the research concept and participate in an advisory role to the principal investigator. Each committee that supports the research shall fill out the new ACI Committee Support Form and the chair of that committee must sign the form;
  • An individual researcher can serve as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on only one proposal submitted;
  • Industry partnering, and project cost sharing are strongly encouraged;
  • All proposals must be submitted before the 1 December 2018 deadline; and
  • Principal investigators shall follow the published RFP Application Guide.

Selection of awarded projects and notifications to principal investigators will take place after the ACI Spring Concrete Convention and Exposition.

Contact Ann Daugherty, director, ACI Foundation, for additional research proposal information at More information on the last year’s awarded projects and research products is available at


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