The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently announced the partnership between the ACI Foundation and e Charles Pankow Foundation in order to deliver innovative, commercially viable applications for the design and construction of concrete buildings. The three-year partnership was formalized with a memorandum of agreement signed by both foundations at the ACI Spring 2008 Convention in Los Angeles.

According to the agreement, the ACI Foundation's Concrete Research Council (CRC) and Strategic Development Council (SDC) will help identify the research needs of the industry and recommend qualified research projects to the Charles Pankow Foundation for possible selection, funding, and management of the chosen projects. When research projects are completed, the ACI Foundation will work to disseminate the resulting products to the marketplace through printed and electronic means. Inclusion in ACI reports, guides, specifications, and codes also is possible.

“The ACI Foundation receives many qualified proposals for research funding each year, but in the past, has never had the resources to fund to the degree needed,” says Claude Bédard, chair of the ACI Foundation and vice president and general manager of the North American Admixtures Division of The Euclid Chemical Co.” With this new agreement with the Charles Pankow Foundation, the concrete industry will benefit from Charles Pankow's vision through increased funding of innovative and market-driven research projects.”

The ACI Foundation and the Charles Pankow Foundation currently are accepting research proposals. More information is available at