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Grant seekers submit a Research Need Statement for a project. Download RNS Guidelines to get started.

CPF staff reviews the statement to evaluate how well it aligns with our mission and vision, and how it fits into our current initiatives.

For qualified Research Need Statements, CPF asks for a proposal with additional detail on the project.

The CPF Board reviews the proposal for its potential to positively impact the AEC industry.

CPF staff negotiates terms and conditions with the research team and awards the grant.

CPF provides leadership, support, and review of every project.

FAQs for grant seekers

Which organizations qualify to receive funds?

CPF awards grants to non-profit entities qualified under IRS rules to receive charitable grants for scientific purposes. All products of CPF research grants must be made available in the public domain without restriction or cost.

What kind of research does CPF fund?

We award research grants that provide innovative advances in the design and construction of buildings and facilities in the U.S. Our goal is to address a significant industry need. The products of our research grants are intended to be of immediate and practical use.
Typical users of our research outcomes include owner representatives, architects, structural engineers, specialty consultants, construction contractors, construction managers, design team managers, and others.
Although great ideas and interesting individual research projects are always welcome, our grants generally align with the CPF’s current initiatives. The list of CPF initiatives may be updated at any time.

How can I find out if my project might qualify?

Our number one criteria is IMPACT. Our funding and leadership participation must lead to timely and meaningful results. It must provide practical and immediate benefits to U.S. building and facility design and construction teams.
The first formal step is to develop and submit a Research Need Statement for a project that aligns well with our vision and mission statements.
Grant seekers are encouraged to contact CPF’s Executive Director to discuss the feasibility of a perspective project.

What’s a "Research Need Statement?"

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 Research Need Statement Guidelines for more detailed information.

What’s an "Industry Champion?"

CPF’s “Industry Champion” is a person or entity in the U.S. design and construction industry such as an eminent practitioner, professional association, or an industry committee member. The Industry Champion is a passionate advocate committed to the project’s success.
Every project, beginning with the Research Need Statement, must include an active Industry Champion. The Industry Champion will attest to the need for the intended innovation and will commit to actively advising the research team and/or participating in the research itself.

What's the process for CPF reviewing my Research Need Statement?

A Research Needs Statement (RNS) is screened by CPF Staff and a Board representative to determine the project’s appropriateness and merits. Based on a favorable recommendation – and if the grant seeker is found qualified to receive a CPF grant – CPF will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the grant seeker.
The grant seeker’s ensuing Proposal becomes the basis for a Research Grant Agreement to be negotiated between CPF and the grant seeker’s organization.

What’s your annual cycle for grant awards?

Grant seekers may submit a Research Need Statement at any time. The Foundation approves grant awards based on the volume of submittals, industry needs, and available grant funding.

What research project funding amounts will you consider?

There is no monetary guideline for CPF research grant requests. Our grant awards have ranged from $105,000 to $400,000. The CPF Board of Directors has adopted a resolution limiting the percentage of indirect costs to fifteen percent (15%).
Grant seekers 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 grant seeker institutions is an important factor in the due diligence of evaluating RNS acceptance.

Within what timeframe must the project be completed?

There is no typical duration for a research grant; however, the grant seeker’s ability to deliver the project in a timely manner is an important factor in CPF’s grant-making deliberations. Cost or time extensions will only be granted in special cases, and will be based on a thorough review of the progress being made on the project.

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