Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2012 International Research Seed Funding Announcement
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2012 Funding Sponsor

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2012

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the "Call for Proposals" for its 2012 International Research Seed Funding initiative – culminating with an award of US$20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 9th World Congress to be held in Shanghai, China from September 19-21, 2012. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of AECOM, through the Shanghai Congress Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

The goal of the seed funding is to assist researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level to secure additional, more significant, funding - in conjunction with the CTBUH. Research proposals should directly relate to the tall building typology and/or urban habitat, but can come from any topic/discipline – including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, energy harvesting, environmental engineering, facades, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, geo-technics, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering etc. There are no institutional or geographic restrictions.  

Acceptance of the award obligates applicants to develop the research in conjunction with the CTBUH, including taking the research forward for more significant funding/development after the seed funding period, should that be appropriate based on the initial findings of the research. 

Submission Deadline
Proposals (via the proposal template form, download here) are due by May 15, 2012 - submitted to 
To express your interest in participating prior to this date, to discuss the suitability of your proposal in more detail or to ask any questions, please also contact:

Amount: US$20,000, payable in two equal installments – US$10,000 at initiation and US$10,000 at project completion/delivery of final report.

Key Dates
•    January 2012 – Initiative Formally Launched
•    May 15, 2012 – Proposal Submission Deadline
•    June 30, 2012
Winning Proposal Selected
•    September 20, 2012 – Winning proposal recognized during the 2012 Shanghai 9th World Congress Dinner

Submission Requirements / Criteria / Proceedures
Full details of the Research Seed Funding initiative, including submission requirements, Criteria, Proceedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.