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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

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’ll benefit the construction industry.

Mates in Mind, in partnership with the Institute of Employment Studies, won our 2020/21 Occupational Health Research Award to fund research into online tools to support the mental health of self-employed construction workers.

“It’s incredibly important for us to receive this award, because without it we would be limited to the amount of evidence-based research that we can do. During our four years of existence, we have touched the lives of thousands of workers but we have still got a long way to go and there are millions working in the sector.”

James Rudoni, Mates in Mind, 2020/21 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 the 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