Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2016 International Research Seed Funding Announcement
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2016 Funding Sponsor
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (12 pm Chicago time)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the "Call for Proposals" for its 2016 International Research Seed Funding – culminating with an award of US$20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2016 Conference held in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, China, from October 16–21, 2016. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of Taipei Financial Center Corporation through the CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

Past Research Seed Funding Projects
2015 Winner 2014 Winner 2013 Winner

Skyscrapers and Skylines: The Case of China

Tall Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects

Evaluating the Potential of Vertical Greenery: Bosco Verticale, Milan

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

The ideal final objective of the 2016 CTBUH Research Seed Funding is to produce an official CTBUH Research Report publication, much like the 2013 winner, Vertical Greenery study.
Recent CTBUH Research Reports on Life Cycle Assessment and Vertical Greenery. An ideal final output of the research seed funding recipient.

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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (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, paid in installments. Please note: the grant budget should not be spent to attend the CTBUH conference and collect the award, nor to disseminate the findings at conferences, symposiums, etc.
Key Dates
•    March 7, 2016: Announcement formally launched
•    May 31, 2016 (12 pm Chicago Time): Submission deadline
•    July 25, 2016: Decision communicated to winning team
•    October 18, 2016: Winning proposal recognized at the CTBUH 2016 Conference
•    November 2016 to April 2017 (approx.) – Research project undertaken
Selection Committee
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, Taipei Financial Center Corporation and CTBUH representatives. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and make no awards.
Jury – Final Selection
Joseph Chou
President, Taipei Financial Center Corp.
Peng Du
CTBUH Research Associate / Adjunct Professor, IIT
David Malott
CTBUH Chairman / Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Dario Trabucco
CTBUH Research Manager / Tenured Researcher, IUAV University of Venice
Antony Wood
CTBUH Executive Director / Professor, IIT / Professor, Tongji University
Selection Criteria
The criteria for selection include the following broad guidelines:
  1. Relevance, novelty, and suitability for the result to be published as a CTBUH Research Report (20 Points)
  2. Quality of the proposed methodology (20 points)
  3. Experience and aptitude of the researcher(s) to deliver the research (20 Points)
  4. Use of prior research to inform the project (10 points)
  5. Applicability for industrial or commercial use (10 points)
  6. Justification of project support expenses for which funds will be used (10 points)
  7. Awareness of research limitations (5 points)
  8. Clarity of the written proposal including proper use of grammar (5 points)
Total (100 points)
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.