CHICAGO – The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is now accepting research proposals for the 2013-2014 school year under the Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship program. Selected proposals will be awarded $20,000.

The Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship program is intended primarily for the support of candidates for master’s-degree-level research related to precast/prestressed concrete. Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. The program encourages innovative ideas and promotes interaction of students with industry partners. Last academic year, five proposals were selected by the PCI Research and Development Council to be honored with Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowships.

Proposals should clearly describe the application of the proposed research to precast/prestressed concrete, potential contribution to the state of the art, timeliness of the proposed research, and possible impact on the industry market. Support from a PCI Producer Member (or members) is an essential part of the program and ensures that the research results or implementation plan has possible benefits to PCI and its members. Fellowships generally conclude with a master’s degree thesis and a summary paper published in PCI Journal.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to PCI’s managing director of research and development, Roger Becker, at no later than February 18, 2013. Selected proposals will be announced by May 31, 2013.

Submittal instructions and a summary of the evaluation criteria are available on the PCI website, along with a list of potential research topics of interest to the industry. To access this information, visit here.