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Joining a Research Team as an Industry Member Volunteer 

CII forms new Research Teams yearly, introducing research topics and requesting nominations of volunteers to join our Research Teams around February. The nomination period extends until late April. To be part of the distribution list that receives the request for nominations, make sure that you have an active CII account. CII Board of Advisors and Alternates also receive the request and a description of the topics in the CII Spring Board of Advisors Meeting.  

As a CII Research Team member, you:  

  • Influence Capital Projects: Past research on topics on Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) and Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) significantly improved project delivery. We aim to keep impacting the industry with member support by improving current processes and identifying new practices.  

  • Collaborate with Peers and Academics: Build a diverse network and gain new professional perspectives. Team members often form lasting connections.  

  • Get Early Access to Findings: Be a front-runner in industry knowledge, becoming an expert in emerging areas and tools. Share your expertise with peers.  

  • Develop Skills: Enhance your leadership, presentation, communication skills.   


Typically, CII research teams work for periods between one and two years with a mix of online and face-to-face meetings (three or four meetings per year). The average monthly effort for this project is expected to be three to 10 hours. The time commitment will be higher in months with F2F meetings (eight hours plus travel time) and lower in months with online calls (a one-hour call and some time for small tasks or data collection).  

All nominations are vetted by each member organization's Board member. CII assesses the nomination with the goal of maximizing the team's diversity in terms of backgrounds, types of organization (owner, contractors, service providers, suppliers), and industry sector representation. If you have any questions about participation in Research Teams, contact Kristi Delaney.



CII selects Principal Investigators for overarching research using requests for qualifications (RFQs) and requests for proposals (RFPs). A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP) is typically sent out once per year to a distribution list maintained by CII and to the Construction Research Congress (CRC) distribution list. RFQs will focus primarily on the PI’s qualifications and do not require a proposal. To qualify, an academic must hold a terminal degree and have a full-time tenure-track appointment at an accredited university. 

If you are an academic in the U.S. or Canada and want to be included in CII’s distribution list, please fill in the online form

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Kristi Delaney
Project Manager
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Kristi Delaney
Project Manager
Kristi began her career with CII in 2008, previously working in the McCombs School of Business since 1996. She is the Project Manager supporting CII’s research efforts, including FSC and RT support, contracting and financial management of CII’s research portfolio, and academic selection through CII’s RFQ process. 

She earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Texas at Austin.