Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Student Research Competition 2020 (Award of $20,000)

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Student Research Competition 2020 (Award of $20,000)

Deadline: April 18, 2020

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for its CTBUH 2020 Student Research Competition – culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2020 International Conference, held in Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, from October 19 to October 23, 2020.

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, including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, environmental engineering, façade design, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, 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.


  • The award for this competition is $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.


  • Applications will be accepted from either students, as individuals or groups, or PhD candidates. In both cases, a professor of the belonging faculty will act as a primary student advisor. The academic professional must represent public or private institutions that can effectively carry out the research (i.e., non-institutional, individual private submissions will not be accepted).
  • Each student or team can submit only one research proposal. The submitter or team members do not need to be CTBUH members, however, it is expected that the award recipient(s) will become CTBUH members and get involved in the activities of the Council more generally.
  • Team projects may have as many students that are deemed necessary, but must designate one academic professional who will serve also as the communication liaison with the CTBUH.

Selection Criteria

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 make no awards.

The criteria for selection include the following broad guidelines:

  • Quality of the proposed research topic objectives, appeal of the topic, and methodology
  • Experience and aptitude of the advisor and students to deliver on the project and to produce an interesting output
  • Relevance, novelty, and suitability for the result to be published in the form determined by the submitter
  • Justification of project support expenses for which funds will be used
  • Awareness of research limitations and timeline
  • Clarity of the written proposal including proper use of grammar


All applications must be submitted in English. All proposals should include information/details necessary for the jury to understand the research ideas and anticipated outcomes.

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For more information, visit CTBUH Student Research Competition.