The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) announced in a Feb. 2 press release the availability of a graduate research grant.
The founding principles of FGI have been research and education, the release said; and in support of these principles, it plans to award research funds for an initial two-year period to support ideas that advance the use of fabricated geomembranes in containment applications.
The FGI research grant is $10,000 per year for two years (subject to annual review). The research can focus on any aspect of fabricated geomembranes such as: formulation, welding, field testing, installation, durability in exposed and unexposed applications, chemical resistance, or any other measure of fabricated geomembrane performance, according to the release.
Projects that involve participation by the private sector and /or other universities are welcomed. FGI’s news release did recommend that students and faculty members network with one or more FGI members to better understand the questions that need to be answered in the field of fabricated geomembranes before submitting a proposal.
The FGI will establish an advisory committee to evaluate, award, and monitor the research project, the release said. Timothy D. Stark, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is directing this project. Graduate students interested in applying for the FGI grant should contact Prof. Stark for an application and more information.