Research

Concrete Research Council

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees where possible.

The 2017-2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) opens September 15 and closes December 1.

Submit Research Proposal

Proposal and Funding Parameters

The requirements for the RFP have changed from last year.

  • 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;
  • At least four worthy research projects will be selected for this cycle;
  • 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 December 1st, 2017 deadline; and
  • Principal investigators shall follow the published RFP Application Guide.

Contact Ann Daugherty, Director, ACI Foundation, about research proposal requirements at ann.daugherty@acifoundation.org.

CRC RFP Application Guide

ACI Committee Support Form


Annual RFP is Currently Open

Timeline
  • CRC opens the RFP process on September 15;
  • Proposal submissions are due December 1, by 11:59 pm, Eastern, when CRC closes the RFP; and
  • Selection and announcement of research projects will be shortly after the Spring ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition.

2017 Awarded Research Projects

The ACI Foundation’s steadfast commitment to progress, innovation, and collaboration within the concrete industry led to the decision to provide grants to four projects in 2017. The quality of the research proposal submissions to CRC was outstanding and showed significant support from ACI technical committees and the concrete industry and also included cost sharing from universities at various levels. Additional information about each project can be found by clicking the link below.

Research Projects


Help Fund Research

The ACI Foundation contributed $163,300 to research projects in 2016 and $200,000 in 2017. “The increase in grant amount and more competitive selection process by the Concrete Research Council (CRC) has brought more proposals from researchers,” stated Joe Bracci, CRC Chair. "The efforts of the CRC will boost the impact that the ACI Foundation’s funding will have on the concrete industry.” The ACI Foundation’s concrete research program, administered by CRC, would not be possible without the generosity of the many individuals, ACI, and industry.

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Charles Pankow research project

Batching and placing concrete for blocks used in research project User’s Guide to Green Concrete in Building Construction. Five-cubic-yard batches were prepared for six different mixtures. Each batch produced three 30 x 30 x 60 in. blocks cured in three different ways and cylinders used for lab and field testing at varying ages. Photo credit to Central Concrete Supply.

Major Funder: Charles Pankow Foundation

Minor Co-funder: ACI Foundation

Questions and comments should be directed to the ACI Foundation Director, Ann Daugherty.