Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2015 International Research Seed Funding Announcement
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2015 Funding Sponsor
Submission Deadline: Friday May 29, 2015 (12 pm Chicago time)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the "Call for Proposals" for its 2015 International Research Seed Funding – culminating with an award of US $20,000 to be recognized at the 2015 CTBUH Conference to be held in New York City, October 26-30, 2015. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited  through the CTBUH New York Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

Past Research Seed Funding Projects
2014 Winner 2013 Winner 2012 Winner

Tall Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects

Evaluating the Potential of Vertical Greenery: Bosco Verticale, Milan

Designing Tall Buildings to Promote Physical Activity in China

The goal of the seed funding is to assist researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level that would 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, façades, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, geotechnics, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy-making, resource management, seismic systems, 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.

Submission Deadline
Proposals (via the proposal template form, download
here) are due by Friday, May 29, 2015 (12 pm Chicago time) – 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
•    March 23, 2015: Announcement formally launched
•    May 29, 2015 (12 pm Chicago Time): Submission deadline
•    July 20, 2015: Decision communicated to winning team
•    October 26, 2015: Winning proposal recognized at the CTBUH New York Conference
•    November 2015 to April 2016 (approx.) – Research project undertaken
Selection Committee & Criteria
The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, with guidance from the sponsor. The committee reflects a multi-disciplinary group of tall building/urban experts from around the world with established research and publication records as well as tall building experience in varying fields. After a first round evaluation by the Expert Peer Review Committee, the top five proposals will be reviewed by a jury representing the Seed Funding Sponsor, Sun Hung Kai Properties, and CTBUH representatives. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and make no awards.
Jury – Final Selection
Mike Wong
Deputy Managing Director, Sun Hung Kai Properties
David Malott
CTBUH Chairman / Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Philip Oldfield
Co-Chair, CTBUH Research Working Group / Professor, University of Nottingham
Dario Trabucco
CTBUH Research Manager / Tenured Researcher, IUAV University of Venice
Antony Wood
CTBUH Executive Director / Professor, IIT / Professor, Tongji University
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.