The Royal Town Planning
Institute (RTPI), the largest professional institute for planners
in Europe, has today launched a new fund to support small-scale
research projects on planning which is aimed at academic staff
employed by an RTPI accredited Planning School. Funding of up to
£5,000 is available for projects of relevance to policymakers and
practitioners through the new initiative, the RTPI's Small Project
Impact Research (SPIRe) Scheme.
Dr Peter Geraghty, RTPI President said: "Planning has been
unfairly criticised in recent months for being a barrier to growth.
SPIRe will provide the RTPI with a sounder research-based
evidence to counter some of the myths about the planning system
that have all too frequently been taken as read, and provide
planners with a platform to demonstrate the pride about the
work that they do."
Dr Michael Harris, the RTPI's Deputy Head of Policy and
Research, said: "The RTPI wants to support a closer relationship
between research and practice and we hope we can promote this
through funding schemes such as SPIRe, as well as our work more
generally. The relatively small sums involved belie the importance
of the initiative. The Map for England project has shown how a
relatively small amount of funding can have a significant
Applications for funding should be submitted by 5pm 1 March
2013. Applications are particularly welcome on priority themes
including the benefits of planning, planning and economic growth,
health and planning, sustainability, and spatial thinking in
- The RTPI Small Project Impact Research (SPIRe) Scheme Guidance
for Applicants can be downloaded
- For more information about SPIRe click here.