Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH 2017 Student Research Competition
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2017 Funding Sponsor
Submission Deadline: Friday June 30, 2017 (12pm Chicago time)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the “Call for Proposals” for its CTBUH 2017 Student Research Competition – culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2017 Conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, from October 30 to November 3, 2017. The funding for this competition has been made possible with the kind support of Underwriters Laboratories.

The goal of the 2017 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 2017 topic of “tall building performance.” It is up to the student group to interpret that theme, and outline how their research will address it, including how the funds will be used to support the intended outcome.

The ultimate objective of this award is to give the chance to students of any discipline to immerse, for the first time, in detailed, academic research, under the guidance of a professor, in a topic that the students are particularly interested and invested in.

Past Student Research Competition Projects:
2016 Winner

The Rebirth of the Skyscraper: Technical Advances, 1930–1975

Submission Deadline
Proposals (via the proposal template form, download
here) are due by Friday, June 30, 2017 (12 pm Chicago time) – submitted to The file submitted and all its attachments should not exceed 5MB.

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:
The award for this competition will be provided by Underwriters Laboratories, in the amount of $20,000, paid in two installments of $10,000. CTBUH will facilitate the transfer of funds to the appropriate university or professor involved with this project to support the students in their research activities. Please note: the budget cannot be used to cover costs to attend the CTBUH conference and collect the award, or to disseminate the findings at conferences, symposiums, etc. It needs to be used for the actual research in some way.
Key Dates
Competition Formally Launched: March 30, 2017
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017
Judging Period: July 3 – July 21, 2017
Decision Communicated to Winning Team: July 25, 2017
Winner Announced at the CTBUH 2017 Conference: October 30, 2017
Research Project Undertaken: Late 2017 / Early 2018
Selection Committee
The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the expert jury, with guidance from the 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 make no awards.  
Selection Criteria
The criteria for selection include the following broad guidelines:
  1. Quality of the proposed research topic objectives and methodology (20 points)
  2. Experience and aptitude of the advisor and students to deliver the research (20 Points)
  3. Relevance, novelty, and suitability for the result to be published in the form determined by the submitter (20 Points)
  4. Justification of project support expenses for which funds will be used (20 points)
  5. Awareness of research limitations and timeline (10 points)
  6. Clarity of the written proposal including proper use of grammar (10 points)
Total (100 points)
Submission Requirements / Criteria / Procedures
Full details of the Student Reseach Competition, including submission requirements, Criteria, Procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.