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Early Career Awards Boost ELECTRI-Faculty Interaction
As of May 20, 2018

Published on: 
March 17, 2014

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction is now accepting proposals for its 2014 research grants to be initiated by younger, Assistant Professor faculty members at universities across the country. This award program creates early career interaction between faculty in the engineering and construction management disciplines and the electrical construction industry.

Early Career Awards may be used to supplement a new or on-going project where a component or module is directly applicable to the electrical construction industry, such as

  • Pilot studies on key issues facing the electrical construction industry
  • Development of electrical construction course materials
  • Other innovative activities that will help advance the electrical construction industry.

For 2014, ELECTRI International has identified a topic of particular interest: Employment of Construction Wiremen and Construction Electrician (CW/CE) classification of workers. Of special interest is the collection of case studies of the successful employment of CW/CEs on projects, addressing some questions such as:

- What impediments needed to be overcome and how was this accomplished?

- Were there special characteristics of the job that facilitated the use of CW/CEs?

- What impact has the incorporation of CWs and CEs had on job profitability, job quality, the workforce, job supervision?

- What lessons have been learned in this case?

The Foundation anticipates making two $9,000 Early Career Awards this year. The selection will take place during the ELECTRI Council meeting in Toronto, July 24-25, 2014. Funds for each selected project will be distributed in the form of an unrestricted gift to the University in support of the faculty member and may be used for student support, faculty salary, and travel. To enhance the academic value of the grant, ELECTRI anticipates that one outcome of the work supported by each grant will be a paper publishable in a peer reviewed forum and of interest to the electrical construction industry.

In announcing the 2014 grant competition, ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee Chair, Greg Long (Long Electric Company, California) noted, “Working with young faculty members is exhilarating. Our approach to research helps provide support early in the careers of faculty who want to pursue projects and programs that will increase the visibility of the electrical contracting industry in U.S. colleges and universities. The relationships we develop are both valuable and substantive."

The proposal submission deadline is 25 April 2014. The Request for Proposal and all application requirements can be found at