Research Proposals & Tenders

The IPF welcomes research proposals from those looking to undertake research in Real Estate Investment. The Research Programme aims to address 'industry issues' and, in doing so, support the wider objectives of the Forum to enhance the knowledge, understanding and efficiency of property as an investment.  Research proposals are considered by the IPF Research Steering Group, a committee of industry practitioners with a wealth of experience in both research and practice.

The types of research ideas that the IPF will consider taking forward will be those that meet the IPF's overall aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of property as an investment asset class (both to property professionals and to those outside property), or that supports or develops: new or existing forms of real estate investment; improvements in the functioning of the property investment market in the UK; or the activities of the IPF.  Preference will be given to proposals that: seek to improve the functioning and efficiency of the market; ensure property receives a fair hearing with investment asset allocators; or provide a sound empirical platform for initiating and informing debate at the highest levels of government.   

In terms of research themes, specific areas of interest comprise:

  • Asset allocation
  • Portfolio selection
  • Asset management

Additionally, the Research Programme seeks to support five issues of concern identified by the IPF membership, being to enhance the understanding of:

  • How property is financed and funded
  • The impact of regulation and legislation
  • Sustainability
  • Internationalisation of real estate
  • Residential property investment

Proposals that clearly specify how the findings of such research are to be disseminated and, where applicable, how researchers will engage with industry practitioners to encourage the adoption of new approaches will be looked on with greater favour.

IPF Research Programme research submission guidelines

If you would like to discuss a potential research proposal prior to submission, please contact Pam Craddock, IPF Research Director.


No projects are currently out to tender.

recently commissioned

Global Capital Flows in a World of Increasing Nationalism and Protectionism
After a long period of stability leading up to the Global Financial Crisis, there appears to be a breakdown in the general consensus on how to deliver rising living standards and economic growth. Western democratic governments and civil institutions appear to be increasingly challenged by the demands of individuals and increasing power of global businesses. Different views about national identify and sovereignty are changing politics, as international institutions, such as the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank, largely formed by western powers following WW2, are under pressure and facing an uncertain future.

To facilitate a wider industry debate, this study will postulate what a more nationalistic/ protectionist world would look like and what it could entail for real estate investors specifically – market participants in 2030 could be operating in a very different environment to 2019.

Researchers Control Risks and Didobi were appointed in July 2019 and the report is scheduled for publication later this year.

Flexible Space Market – Investment Threat or Opportunity
This study will examine what is happening within the flexible office market and what the implications for the property investment sector will be. It will provide a summary of how the market has evolved (growth, size, product, etc.) together with a consideration of current and prospective occupational drivers and whether these are likely to continue or how they may change in the years ahead.

Rob Harris of Ramidus Consulting has been appointed to conduct this research and the report is scheduled for publication in early 2020.