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.

CURRENT TENDERS

No projects are currently out to tender.

recently commissioned

Benchmarking Real Estate Investment Performance: The Role of ESG Factors
The increased role that environmental, social and corporate governance factors play in influencing investment decisions presents key challenges to the industry, particularly within the context of increased internationalisation of real estate investment funds. This is an area that has seen rapid development in recent years and, consequently, the availability and consistency of market-based benchmarks vary across countries, which could affect the approach of international investors to benchmarking and lead to different measures being adopted for different markets. A consortium, led by Western Sydney University, has been appointed to conduct a comprehensive and critical analysis of existing ESG benchmarks and to consider their potential evolution. The findings will be published in the early Autumn.