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3rd IPA Research Grant Award

Call for Research Proposals

  • Updated: 14 Apr 2010

The IPA intends to award up to five IPA Research Grants in response to this call, each with a maximum value of US$10,000. The Grants will run for a 12 month period (1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012) for research activity. The 3rd Research Grant Award winners will be invited to the 3rd and 4th IPA International Workshops. According to the progress of the award program, further information will be notified at Schedule page. Please access regularly to keep you updated with the latest status.

This 3rd IPA Research Grant Award encourages proposals linked to the key themes listed below, taken from the reference Map of Research and Development. When you apply for this call, please use the proposal form to submit your research proposal.

  • 1. Study on the collection and analysis of subsurface data using a pile being pressed-in
    (visualization of underground)
    Study on the technique to estimate bearing capacity of pile from data measured by press-in machine
    (press-in force, torque, press-in rate, etc.)
    Study on the technique to visualize the behavior of a pile being pressed-in, by means of
    measurement or simulation
  • 2. Study on expanding the range of ground conditions suitable for press-in piling
    Study on the range of ground condition suitable for pile jacking by Silent Piler
    Study on the range of ground condition suitable for Gyropiling (rotary jacking) by Gyro Piler
    Study on the effect of press-in auxiliary methods such as friction cutters, augering, water jetting, etc.
    Study on the influence on adjacent structure of a tubular or sheet pile being pressed-in
  • 3. Study on behavior of piles or performance of structures after completion of press-in
    Study on structural design methods which include the feature of pressed-in piles
    Study on the time-dependent behavior of pressed-in piles, such as set-up, relaxation, etc.
    Fundamental study on long-term monitoring after completion of press-in piling
    Study on the earthquake resistance of a circular structure for underground bicycle park or car park

Award Description

Award Title:
3rd IPA Research Grant Award
Encouraging and sponsoring the unique researches to advance the Press-in Engineering
IPA Award Committee
Grant Value:
Max. US$10,000 each for 5 grant winners
Grant Period:
One year research activity from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012
Both IPA member and non-member with any academic background is accepted to apply. However, non-member applicants will be obliged to become the IPA member when they award the grants.
Fill in the Proposal Form and email it to the IPA Secretariat by 15 June 2010
Official language for all communication and reports is English. Only Japanese applicants may be required to submit reports in Japanese as well.
Submission period:
15 April – 15 June 2010
Successful applicants will be notified at 2 August 2010 (check details at Schedule page)
Jury Members:
Selection Committee, appointed by the Award Committee
Kozo Tagaya
The Award Committee Chairman
(Emeritus Professor, Kochi National College of Technology)
Akio Kitamura
IPA Honorary Chairman (President, Giken Seisakusho Co., Ltd.)
Malcolm Bolton
IPA Chairman (Professor, University of Cambridge)
David White
IPA Director (Professor, University of Western Australia)
Takehiko Iizuka
IPA Director (Fellow, The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Tadahiko Okumura
IPA Secretary General
(Director Research, Engineering Advancement Association of Japan)
Teruo Nagayama
IPA Individual Member (Executive Officer, Giken Seisakusho Co., Ltd.)
Hiroaki Tanouchi
IPA Technical Adviser (General Manager, Giken Seisakusho Co., Ltd.)
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria.
1. Contribution to science and technology
Weight 1 to 4
2. Possibility of achievement
Weight 1 to 4
3. Practicability, possibility of application
Weight 1 to 5
4. Educational value for younger engineers
Weight 1 to 3
5. Contribution to quality, sustainability, safety and improvement of construction environment
Weight 1 to 5
6. Promotion of press-in method, contribution to particular countries and local areas, effect of investment, etc.
Weight 1 to 3
* The Selection Committee may seek further information from the Principal Investigator following receipt of the proposals.