To align donors and related funding sources with researchers and current or pending projects, the American Concrete Institute-aligned ACI Foundation has teamed with key industry organizations to launch the Concrete Research Network.
A new website, www.ConcreteResearchNetwork.org, organizes information for partners, funders, researchers, and users—coordinating comprehensive, larger-scale research projects and distribution of results to a wider audience than individual CRN members can reach. Joining ACI Foundation to charter the Network are American Society of Concrete Contractors Education, Research & Development Foundation; Charles Pankow Foundation; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Education & Research Foundation; Portland Cement Association Education Foundation; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; and, Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation.
“The Concrete Research Network provides the entire concrete and construction community greater opportunities for collaboration, through both funding and strategic initiatives, and tackles our chief challenges of dissemination and implementation of results,” says Pankow Foundation consultant Joseph Sanders. “Information only has value when it is available in the right format, to the right people, in the right place, at the right time. The Concrete Research Network will facilitate this type of communication.”