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We award research grants that provide innovative advances of public benefit to the design and construction of large buildings in the U.S. The products of our research grants are intended to be of immediate and practical use to practitioners in building design and construction. CPF has adapted a Strategic Based Research Program where priority research topics are identified as the CPF Initiatives. CPF's research goal is to address a significant Industry Need with a Research Idea. Ideally, the research findings will lead directly to industry implementation. CPF has characterized its research goal as "Red Zone to End Zone".
Research Need Statement (RNS) is a concise, two to three page summary of a proposed research project that clearly explains the market need for and the users of the proposed research project. An RNS is not a proposal, and it may be submitted at any time. See CPF's RNS Guidelines (PDF) document for more detailed information. Grantseekers are encouraged to contact the CPF Executive Director by phone (360-326-3767) at any time to discuss informally the feasibility of a prospective Research Need Statement.
CPF's term "Industry Champion" describes a person or an entity in the U.S. design and construction industry, such as an eminent practitioner; a professional association, or an industry committee member, who will attest to the need for the intended innovation and will commit to actively advise the research team and/or participate in the research itself. Every project, beginning with the Research Need Statement, must have identified and engaged its Industry Champion. In the broad context, we use the noun "champion" in the sense of the verb "to champion the cause;" e.g., a passionate advocate who is committed to the project's success.
A Research Need Statement (RNS) is first screened by CPF Staff and a Board representative to determine the appropriateness and merits of the proposed research under our Strategic Based Research Program. An acceptable RNS is then reviewed by and recommended on by CPF's Advisory Council. Based on a favorable Council recommendation, and if the grantseeker is found qualified to receive a CPF grant, CPF will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the grantseeker. The grantseeker's ensuing Proposal becomes the basis for subsequent award of a Research Grant Agreement, with terms and conditions regarding which CPF and the grantseeker's organization have reached agreement.
There is no annual cycle for grantseekers to submit Research Need Statements; they may be submitted at any time. The Foundation approves grant awards based on the volume of RNS submittals, industry needs and available grant funding.
There is no monetary guideline for CPF research grant requests. Primary research grant award amounts in recent years range from $105,000 to $400,000. Grantseekers should include an approximate estimate of the required funding in their Research Need Statement. A detailed budget will be required in an ensuing proposal. Co-funding commitments from industry associations, governmental agencies, industry champions, material and service providers and grantseeker institutions is an important factor in the due diligence of evaluating RNS acceptance.