CTBUH 2020 Student Research Competition 


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting proposals for its 2020 Student Research Competition—culminating with an award of US$5,000 to be recognized/ promoted through CTBUH channels and platforms.


The goal of the 2020 Student Research Competition is to assist talented students, working in groups under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question, and create an engaging output as a response. Research proposals should directly relate to the 2020 topic of “Sustainable Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.” Proposals can come from any topic/discipline. It is up to the students to interpret the theme, and outline how their research will address it, including how the funds will be used to support the intended outcome. In fact, the ultimate objective of this award is to give the chance to students of any discipline to immerse themselves – for the first time, in detailed, academic research, under the guidance of a professor – in a topic in which they are particularly interested and invested.




Proposals are due by Wednesday 3 February 2021  (12:00 p.m. CST). For any concerns or questions, please contact [email protected].


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


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Key Dates

  • 16 December 2020 – Call for Submissions
  • 3 February 2021 – Submission Deadline
  • 10-17 February 2021 – Judging Period
  • 22 February 2021 – Winning Team Notified
  • 24 February 2021 – Official Winner Announcement
  • Mid-2021 – Research Project Undertaken




The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the expert jury, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The jury reflects a group of tall building/urban experts from around the world as well as academics and university professors. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and grant no awards.




Full details of the Student Research Competition, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.

2020 Funding Sponsor:




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Proposal Submissions


Past Student Research Competition Winners:


2019 Student Research Competition

2018 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories




2017 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories


2016 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories