CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

 

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is accepting proposals for its 2021 International Research Seed Funding—culminating with an award of $15,000 to be recognized to be recognized/ promoted through CTBUH channels and platforms.

 

The goal of the seed funding is to assist talented 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. The proposals should have the potential to improve tall buildings and cities from a wide perspective. 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 here. The ideal final objective of the 2021 CTBUH Research Seed Funding is to produce an official CTBUH Research Report publication, much like those available here.

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Proposals are due by Tuesday 22 June 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST). For any concerns or questions, please contact [email protected].

 

Please note: The Research Seed Funding initiative is open to research professionals, while the CTBUH Student Research Competition is intended specifically for student applications. It is therefore not possible to submit a proposal to both programs.

 

Download Brief

 

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Key Dates

• 20 April: Competition Formally Launched
• 22 June: Submission Deadline
• 4 August: Winning Team Notified
• 12 August: Official Winner Annoucement
• Late 2021 - Early 2022: Research Project Undertaken

 

 

Selection Committee & Criteria

The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, with guidance from the funding 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 and CTBUH representatives. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and grant no awards. 


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.

2021 Seed Funding Sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past Research Seed Funding Projects

 

2019 International Research Seed Funding winner Sofia Dermisi.

2019 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: CTBUH

 

Principal Investigator: Sofia Dermisi, University of Washington

 

Awarded to Sofia Dermisi, a Professor of Real Estate at the University of Washington to assess the ways energy efficient systems and sustainable energy supplies can address the unique demands of tall mixed-use building programs.

 

Research project currently in progress.

Birds eye view of a city.

2018 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ye Yu, Tongji University

 

Awarded to Dr. Ye Yu, an Assistant Professor at Tongji University to research the health and social impacts of public spaces around tall buildings, with the goal of identifying urban design strategies that enable healthy lifestyles.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

 

  

image of a skyscraper on fire

2017 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

 

Principal Investigator: Michael Spearpoint, Olsson Fire & Risk
 

Awarded to Michael Spearpoint, a Research Leader at Olsson Fire & Risk, to develop a database of high-rise fires that could be applied to the field of machine-learning, which may lead to new and innovative fire solutions.

 

Read the Research Paper
image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2016 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Taipei Financial Center Corporation

 

Principal Investigator: Brent Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


Awarded to Michael Spearpoint, a Research Leader at Olsson Fire & Risk, to develop a database of high-rise fires that could be applied to the field of machine-learning, which may lead to new and innovative fire solutions.

 

Read the Research Paper