The Foundation funds research and education programs that are consistent with our mission of increasing the quality, professionalism and sustainability of the ready mixed concrete industry, and within the following guidelines:

  • We do not engage in proprietary research.
  • We do not fund direct advocacy or promotion programs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all programs we fund must benefit of the citizens of the U.S., in addition to the concrete industry.
  • We avoid duplication of effort and would therefore not generally support replicating existing or ongoing research topics.
  • Research areas must have a broad scope – with applicability on at least a large regional, if not national or international, basis.
  • Partnerships are viewed very favorably by our approval bodies. When proposing research, consider other entities to partner with in performing the research, and other potential funding sources to join with the RMC Research & Education Foundation.
  • We seek proposals for specific, applied research and education programs.  We rarely support general requests for organizations or programs.
  • We do not fund sponsorships.

The Foundation works closely with the staff and committees of our partner organization, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), to identify industry needs. Those wishing to perform research on concrete materials topics may consult the list of research needs developed by NRMCA's Research Engineering & Standards Committee. Please note that this list is only a guide, and neither guarantees funding of a particular topic, nor precludes research on topics not listed.

Applicants may submit a conceptual research or education proposal to gauge the interest of the Foundation for potential funding.  If there is sufficient interest and confirmation that a topic is consistent with our mission and goals, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal to put into our three-tier approval process. Proposals should be sent to The full Grant Guidelines may be found here.

Project Approval Process

Proposals are reviewed twice per year, in the spring and fall. Email for current proposal deadlines and to submit proposals.

The RMC Research & Education Foundation has a three-step approvals process:

Step 1: Advisory Council review and recommendation. The Advisory Council consists of technical professionals and senior level managers in the industry.

Step 2: Program Committee review and recommendation. The Program Committee is a subset of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Step 3: The Board of Trustees has final approval for all funded programs and balances the merits of the proposal with current budget priorities.

Please see below the Foundation's Project Approval Flow Chart which outlines the project development, approval and the distribution process.