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Trimble Fund

The Trimble Fund is a ten year, £500k commitment from Trimble to the University of Cambridge.  The aims of the Fund are specifically to:

  1. enable world-class academic research that has the potential to achieve a significant impact across geospatial  technology for the construction engineering sector;
  2. develop the students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in the research, so that they are ready to champion construction information technology in academia and industry;
  3. raise the profile of advanced construction information technology in the construction sector, across academic disciplines and publicly.

There will be a call for proposals annually in September.  Applications are invited from within the University of Cambridge (from anyone with a PI status) for research funds of up to £50k, to be spent on areas of research relevant to Trimble Inc. - including construction, information technology, logistics, operations and sensing.

Monies may be used for equipment, consumables, travel and support for staff and students (note that staff employment costs will attract a 30% overhead charge).  The fund aims to operate in a lightweight manner. A short report detailing results and outcomes is required at the end of the project.  It is hoped that a number of small projects will be funded, and that the monies will leverage funds from other sources whenever possible; support work that could be transformative rather than incremental; and create a ‘honey pot’ that attracts the best students, staff and ideas to this field.

Decisions on project funding will be made by a committee consisting of the Head of Civil Engineering, a representative of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, and two representatives from Trimble.

Any queries about the Trimble Fund should be sent to centre.manager@construction.cam.ac.uk.

Please note: Intellectual property generated by the project will remain with the University, but Trimble does have some rights: details are contained within Section 5 of the Framework Agreement which is available to download from the documents tab.

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Applications for 2021/2022 are now open

Applications are invited from within the University of Cambridge for research funds of up to £50k to be spent during 2022 on areas of research relevant to Trimble Inc. Areas of interest to Trimble include construction, logistics, operations, sensing and sustainability.

Applications should be sent to centre.manager@construction.cam.ac.uk by Monday 14th March 2022.