CityLife Project (Research Competition)

Submission: October 19, 2015
Registration: October 19, 2015
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Three prizes of $145,000
Type: Open


It is a competition, presenting a unique opportunity for three leading industry organisations to partner with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW on research projects in 2016. Each of the three winners will receive funding and branding/sponsorship opportunities worth up to $145,000.

Cities are the lifeblood of our economy. According to United Nation statistics, more than 54 per cent of the world’s population live in urban areas. By 2030, this figure may be as high as 70 per cent. In Australia, the World Bank estimates that this figure is currently at 89 per cent and rising.

This urban population explosion is leading to a number of issues for cities in Australia including: potential future health problems; an affordability crisis; and difficulties with ensuring our cities are easy to traverse. Therefore, the way we currently plan for growth and develop our Cities is under scrutiny.

In short, we are working toward a paradigm shift in how we plan and develop our Cities in the future. Together, these issues are driving the rationale behind our focus on the three Initiatives that form the framework of this research project:

  • LIVEABLE Cities
  • CONNECTED Cities


The winner, of each of the three Initiatives, will take the lead in driving the research for their Initiative. They will liaise directly with UDIA NSW staff and members, who will assist and help inform the direction of the research. UDIA NSW will create a project board for each Initiative, populated be leading industry figures who will inform the research direction and assist in its delivery. Each winner will appoint a representative to be an active participant on the project board for their Initiative.


We are seeking three organisations or groups of individuals with the expertise and enthusiasm to change how our cities grow and develop in the future.

The competition consists of two stages.

  • STAGE ONE — The Big Picture

Each submission should focus on developing a research idea for ONE of the three Initiatives: LiveableAffordable or Connected Cities. Applicants are required to submit a completed Application Form AND an Overview of their research idea (max 2000 words).

 The Overview should explain: what your original research idea is; how it will benefit the development of our cities;  what demonstrable skills, expertise and experience you will bring to the project; and how your research will have a major impact to your chosen Initiative.

For more information see Submission Guidelines.

 A panel of judges will shortlist entrants to advance to Stage Two. 

  • STAGE TWO — The Details

Successful applicants will be required to submit a more detailed proposal including: budget, timelines and resourcing.


The competition is open to all organisations or groups of individuals – such as universities, a specialist project team or a company – who can demonstrate they have the capacity to undertake the research.


19  October        Stage One submissions due

29  October        Finalists announced

20  November    Stage Two submissions due

26  November    Competition winners announced

1    February      CityLife Project research begins


This is an opportunity like no other.
To be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize and partner with the leading body representing the urban development industry, all you have to do is: 

  1. pick one of the three Initiatives

  2. complete an Application Form

  3. attach an overview of how your idea will change how we develop our cities and foster responsible future growth.

  4. email your STAGE ONE submission to udia@udia-nsw.com.au

Please see our Submission Guidlines and review Criteria to assist with your application.

Go to the competition’s website