Program Number: 48059
Title: Global Research Challenge
SYNOPSIS: Arup is inviting applications from academia, industry collaborators and Arup?s own staff around the world to propose short-term, collaborative, research projects on the following topics:
enabling the urban circular economy; evidence-based decision making in cities; low carbon multimodal mobility; and new approaches to financing city infrastructure. Arup anticipates funding between five and eight projects with budgets ranging from ?30k to ?50k.
Established Date: 06/03/2015
Follow-Up Date: 04/04/2016
Review Date: 06/03/2015
Contact: Ben Kidd, Research Network Manager
Web Site: http://arup.com/News.aspx
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7755 3874
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
*See Restrictions for further information.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 12 June 2015.External applicants are encouraged to contact either an Arup team they know, or a member of the Global Research Team who will be happy to broker a contact with the appropriate Arup partner.
Award Type(s): Collaborative Project
Research Grants/R & D
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: Any/No Restrictions
Appl Type(s): Institution, Non-Specific
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $50,000 MAXIMUM
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: The Global Research Challenge is an annual award which aims at increasing the breadth and depth of knowledge in specifically chosen areas. It is open to all current Arupians and Arup’s external partners to conduct collaborative research with colleagues across regions, in other companies or academic institutions. This year Arup is focusing on four areas: the circular economy, low-carbon multimodal urban transportation, evidence-based decision making and urban infrastructure financing. Theme 1: Enabling the urban circular economy theme focuses on the planning, design, analysis, construction, management and business modelling to maximize efficient use of energy, water, waste, nature, materials and components in cities of all sizes. Key areas to explore may include: resource recovery, water reuse, waste to energy, the impact of circular economy on business models for energy and water, systems approaches to valuing nature and the environment etc. Arup aims to develop interventions that can be used in cities to optimise resource use. For Theme 2: Evidence based decision making in cities, the focus of the research is to understand what approaches will provide insight for better decisions on strategic investments as well as on the monitoring and operation of critical infrastructure. Arup wants to understand how to translate and focus data in terms of scale and resolution to create the right information flows required to make evidence based decisions to improve the future management of cities. For Theme 3: Low carbon multimodal mobility, Arup is interested in deepening its understanding of infrastructure and service design for connected low carbon mobility in cities. Arup anticipates research exploring those urban system designs which will enable simple multi-modal travel and encourage modal shift.
This has the objective of creating a free-flowing transport network with increased efficiency and enhanced user experience with minimum environmental impact. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, improved interchange design, intelligent transport systems, timetabling, enhancing connectivity across public transport and the promotion of active mobility. For Theme 4: New approaches to financing city infrastructure, Arup is interested in identifying collaborative solutions that engage industry, local authorities, citizens, utilities etc. to invest in city infrastructure and technology. Proposed approaches need to take into consideration the individual context, characteristics and requirements of cities but also be scalable to regional and national level.
The call is open to all current Arupians and Arup’s external partners.
Arup anticipates funding between five and eight projects with budgets ranging from ?30k to ?50k. In the UK, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Science Research Council will co-fund academic components of project proposals up to ?25k for UK-based academic partners. Funding will focus on the translation of existing data, expertise and skills to meet the challenges identified.