£9,000/€10,000/$12,500 Grants Available to Fund Real Estate Research
Submission Deadline for Proposals: 31 May 2021
To encourage and support research from new or recent entrants to the real estate investment industry, including graduate students and junior practitioners, the IPF has established a grants scheme to provide financial assistance. Real estate investment-related projects involving researchers from different disciplines also are welcome, although research to be undertaken by industry professionals is strongly encouraged.
The initial closing date for applications is 31 May 2021 although further invitations for proposals may be issued at later dates in the year.
On completion, reports must include a two-page executive summary that encapsulates the research thesis, key results and, where appropriate, next steps.
Authors should note that a separate, non-technical summary, that emphasizes implications for industry practitioners or investors with a limited background in quantitative analysis, is also a requirement.
Research projects that are funded and successfully completed may be eligible for presentation to the IPF’s Research Steering Group (RSG) and/or to IPF members via webinar.
- How property is financed and funded;
- Sustainable investment/impact investing;
- Internationalisation of real estate investment; and
- Alternative real assets.
Research Submission Requirements
- Only one proposal per research team may be submitted;
- Proposals may involve research that is already underway, but not substantially complete, at the time of application;
- Proposal must be in Word format and not exceed six (6) pages in length, doubled spaced, including references and attachments (but excluding resumés);
- Only emailed proposals will be accepted;
- The deadline for receipt of proposals is midnight BST, Monday, 31 May 2021.
Cover Page: Project title, name of researcher(s), organisational affiliation(s), contact details for each researcher (including daytime telephone number and email address), and a one-paragraph abstract of the proposal.
Section 1. Research objective, stating the question or issue to be investigated.
Section 2. Concise description of methodology; complex proposals may benefit from a diagram or flow chart presentation of the approach, in addition to the narrative.
Section 3. (a) Description of principal data sets and availability (this will be a major factor in assessing proposals); and (b) Plan for procuring third-party data in a timely manner, if the research will be reliant on third-party data.
Section 4. Research project timetable.
Appendices. A one-page resumé for each of the principal researchers, showing experience and understanding of the research topic evidenced by selective references to previous work experience, presentations and/or publications.
Proposals will be evaluated by the Research Grants Committee (RGC) of the IPF’s RSG.
Following selection by the RGC, one or more members of the RSG may be assigned to oversee the research project.
Funding of up to £9,000/€10,000/$12,500 is available for individual projects. The IPF reserves the right to fund a different amount. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed, if necessary for the execution of the research. Note any grant awarded does not extend to funding of university overhead expenses.
Payment will be made upon completion of the research to the satisfaction of the RGC, unless expenditure on data acquisition can be justified at the outset of the project.
Such satisfaction includes:
- A substantive draft report produced by 31 October 2021, and
- Delivery of the research report to the RGC by a pre-agreed date, to be established at the time of confirmation of the grant. (See also 2021 Grants Timetable below.)
At the RGC’s discretion, researchers may be invited to present their results to the RSG.
2021 Research Grants Timetable
|Midnight BST, Monday, 31 May 2021||Deadline for receipt of proposals to IPF. Proposals received after this time will not be considered.|
|June 2021||RGC evaluation of applications.|
|30 June 2021||Notification of funding decision emailed to applicants and allocation of RSG member(s) to oversee study.|
|30 September 2021||Interim results/update to RGC.|
|31 October 2021||Deadline for submission of draft papers and executive summaries to RGC.
Overseers to provide final comments on papers.
|30 November 2021 (or such later date as may be agreed on awarding the grant)||
Final papers to be submitted to RGC.
|Q1 2022||Presentation(s) of invited papers (either individually or with others) to the RSG and/or IPF membership.|