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Grant Program

SEA Grants

The NCSEA Grant Program was developed to assist Member Organizations (SEAs) in growing their Associations and promoting the structural engineering field through innovative initiatives. The Grant Program is just one of the many efforts supported by the NCSEA Foundation, which was established in early 2020 to:

  • Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Enable research to advance technical and code-related development
  • Create opportunities for young professional growth
  • Provide grants to SEAs for innovative initiatives
  • Grow awareness of the profession and its contributions

The NCSEA Foundation strives to advance the science and practice of structural engineering by supporting NCSEA, the state SEAs and practicing structural engineers.


Any SEA or member(s) of an SEA are eligible to submit a grant application. Applications must be submitted to the local SEA leadership, reviewed and approved, and then forwarded (via this application) to NCSEA for consideration.


A grant request may be submitted for any program that is consistent with NCSEA’s Mission. Please note: Requests will not be accepted for political contributions or for the reimbursement of lobbying expenses.

Evaluation Process 

A subcommittee of the NCSEA Board of Directors (Treasurer, at-large members and the Executive Director) will serve as the evaluation committee for the grant applications. Once the winning grants are selected by the subcommittee, they must be reviewed and approved by the NCSEA Board of Directors. In addition to the above information, several key factors will be evaluated with every grant application:

  • How will the grant request advance the practice of structural engineering or strengthen your SEA?
  • Is the grant request for SEA operations funding (such as website updates, AMS improvements or a new computer)? If yes, the grant application must detail how the project is unique (and not just typical operational expense) and how the SEA will communicate successes back to all other SEAs to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Are there matching funds from the local SEA, or is the grant request serving as the primary funding source for a project.

Additional historical information regarding the NCSEA Grant Program can be found here.

To apply, click here or the button below.

Applications must be submitted by October 7, 2023.


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.

To review the complete Request for Application document, click here.  To apply for the 2023-2024 NCSEA Innovation in Structural Engineering Grant, click here or the button below.

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

Applications must be submitted by October 20, 2023.





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.