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Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund

The research fund has been established to enable us to fund and support research projects in the built environment. We believe that constant research and development are essential requirements of construction professionals. Research not only allows individuals to question accepted practice, but also develops a culture of innovation and improvement.

In an ever changing built environment, the CIOB is undertaking a review of the Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund and wider innovation programme in 2017 to ensure its aims and objectives are in line with CIOB’s core mission - to lead and inspire excellence and develop and support leaders in the industry. For further information, please email

About the Fund

The fund is based on a legacy left by Bowen Jenkins FCIOB to the CIOB and is open to CIOB members and non-members internationally. Bowen Jenkins was a supporter of the CIOB for most of his life, serving at local and regional level throughout his career.

The research fund aims to sponsor research relating to the quality of the built environment and the efficiency of the delivery process, to promote research to advance best practice, to support further knowledge development and support individuals in their career development.

To date, the BJL research fund has provided a grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 (or local currency equivalent for international applicants) for six research projects in 2016 and a further five in 2017 for a duration of between 12 and 24 months. Find out more about the research projects funded by the BJL Research Fund here.

Research Areas

The projects relate to one of the following research priorities, which are:

  • Sustainability in the built environment
  • Corporate social responsibility as applied to construction firms
  • Building performance improvement
  • The application of digital technologies to the design, construction and operation of built facilities, including BIM and emerging innovative practices
  • Employment practices in the construction sector 


Countries available 

  • Worldwide, to CIOB members and non-members



If you would like more information on the BJL Research Fund or the Research Projects currently underway, please contact the Innovation Support Team - email us at