Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2014 International Research Seed Funding Announcement
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Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the "Call for Proposals" for its 2014 International Research Seed Funding – culminating with an award of US$20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2014 International Conference to be held in Shanghai, China from September 16-19, 2014. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of ECADI, through the Shanghai Conference 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. A non-exhaustive list of possible research topics is provided in the “Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings”, produced by the CTBUH in conjunction with UNESCO and CIB, and available at

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.

See the 2013 research seed-funded project winner announcement here.
See the 2012 research seed-funded project winner announcement here.
See the 2012 research seed-funded project final paper here.

Submission Deadline
Proposals (via the proposal template form, download here) are due by May 12, 2014 – 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 27, 2014 – Announcement Formally Launched
•    May 12, 2014 (12:00 PM Chicago Time) – Proposal Submission Deadline
•    June 30, 2014 - Winning Proposal Selected
•    September 17, 2014 – Winning proposal recognized during the 2014 Shanghai Conference Dinner
•    October 2014 – March 2015 (approx.) – Research Project undertaken

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