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NCSEA Innovation in Structural Engineering Grant Program

2023-2024 NCSEA Innovation in Structural Engineering Grant

Artificial Intelligence in the Structural Engineering Profession

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been selected as the topic for the 2023-2024 National Council of Structural Engineers (NCSEA) Innovation in Structural Engineering Grant. NCSEA is seeking individuals who are interested in helping develop an AI foundation for the structural engineering profession. The initiative aims to identify and support groundbreaking advancements in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) through the following objectives:

  • Provide Education: Provide structural engineers with information on the latest developments in AI as it relates to the profession and outline future areas of study in future areas surrounding this topic.
  • Foster Innovation: Encourage structural engineers to explore, develop, and implement innovative AI solutions that enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and longevity of structural engineering practices.
  • Promote Collaboration: Foster collaboration between structural engineers, AI experts, and other industry partners by encouraging the exchange of ideas and expertise to drive progress in the field.
  • Address Industry Challenges: Address key challenges faced by the structural engineering industry through the application of AI technologies, including ethical and legal areas.

This year’s NCSEA Innovation in Structural Engineering Grant presents a unique opportunity for structural engineers to push the boundaries of their field by understanding and leveraging AI technologies. By providing financial support, technical guidance, and a platform for knowledge sharing, this year’s program aims to catalyze transformative advancements in the profession and foster collaboration within the structural engineering community and between industry partners.

This Grant Program is just one of the many efforts supported by the NCSEA Foundation.  




Is the grant open to everyone? 

The grant is open to all NCSEA MO/SEA members.

How much does the grant cover?

The actual value of the grant is to be determined by the number of selected applicants.

How many people can participate in the "project teams"? Can it be just one researcher?

This is TBD based on the quality of the applicants.

Should every single person from the team apply for the grant?

Yes, everyone must submit an individual application – a team of people will not be accepted.

Are applications accepted for projects of just one person?

The project is predefined per the RFP. The application is for a project team.

Is the project manager responsible for overseeing all the accepted applications? 

They will be responsible for overseeing all team members, but they do not select the project team. 

What is the profile of the Project Manager? Should they be someone in the industry collaborating with a university research team?

The Project Manager needs to be able to organize and coordinate the full project team and drive the work and final deliverable. We are open to this being from industry or academia. 

Is the project manager only responsible for their own project?

There is one defined project in the RFP – this is THE project.

Do the 1,000 words limit include the citations? Is there a limit on the citations page numbers?

The limit is for non-citation material. 

What are the roles of OSU and NIBS during the duration of the grant?

They will be industry advisor partners that will provide an academia and national sciences perspective to the team.

Are the projects State specific? I work on earthquake-related topics, but I am in Indiana. Will that affect my chances to get selected? 

We don’t believe that the project topic is state specific.  The possible topics in AI must cover the breath of national issues and hazards.

The RFA indicates 'individuals that are members of a state SEA' are eligible to apply. Do you accept applications from universities? Do you require industry partnership?

Academics are eligible to be member of their local SEA. Therefore, we accept applications from individuals at universities that are members of their local SEA.

We are not members of an SEA yet but will apply for membership before submitting our application for this grant. Do you consider our application eligible?

Yes – this is fine as long as the application to the SEA is accepted.

Other than the 500-word and 1000-word limits mentioned in the RFA, are there any other formatting requirements? Specifically, can we include figures? Are there any page limit or font size requirements?

No other formatting requirements. Feel free to include figures , etc.