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Grants for health & safety initiatives and research

Working towards a safer construction industry for all

Health and safety, including occupational health, is an ongoing priority for the construction industry. Find out about our awards and partnership opportunities.

Occupational Health Research Award

Applications for the 2020/21 Occupational Health Research Award are now closed.

Our Occupational Health Research Award is an annual £25,000 grant given to a UK research institution in support of an occupational health study that will benefit the construction industry.

The University of Lincoln won our 2019/20 Occupational Health Research Award to fund research into work-related stress in the UK construction industry.

“Several empirical studies have identified work-related stress as one of the root causes of unsafe behaviours in construction. Other major social problems such as high absenteeism, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide have also become increasingly reported as consequent to occupational stress in construction. This is a timely study given that the UK regulations for managing occupational health have not been updated for many years in response to the rapid changes in the way we procure, design and deliver construction projects. “

Dr Saad Sarhan, Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at University of Lincoln, 2019/20 Occupational Health Research Award winners

Mowlem Award

Our Mowlem Award is given on an annual basis. The £20,000 award is given to organisations that demonstrate achievements in training or promotion of health and safety in construction.

It furthers the work of the RI Beck Trust – a charity set up in 1983 by the construction company, Mowlem. The RI Beck Trust was pleased to extend its scope and join with B&CE’s Charitable Trust to support their shared aims and objectives.

“We are thrilled to receive this award. The work is very important to the citizens of the area as youth unemployment has rocketed. Hull in particular has been cited as one of the worst areas in the country for youth unemployment. The opportunity to support people into an industry like construction where there is defined need for talent is a fantastic one.”

Simeon Perry, Head of Operations at EN:Able Communities, 2020 Mowlem Award winners

Supporting industry health through partnerships

The Trust works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders – including trade unions and construction federations. We have also supported organisations including Mesothelioma UK, London Hazards Centre, National Federation of Builders, West Midlands Hazards Trust and Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team.

Get in touch

To find out more about any of our awards, call our Construction Worker Helpline on 0808 801 0372 or email us at