Student Research Competition

CTBUH 2017 Student Research Competition

Submission: June 30, 2017
Registration: June 30, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: $20,000 paid in two installments of $10,000Mentions
Type: Student Research Competition


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.

Proposals (via the proposal template form, download here) are due by Friday, June 30, 2017 (12 pm Chicago time) – submitted to research@ctbuh.org. 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: research@ctbuh.org.

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.


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
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)

Full details of the Student Reseach Competition, including submission requirements, Criteria, Procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.


Go to the competition’s website