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Arup worldwide competition seeking proposals to help plan for better transport systems in future cities

Arup - the design, planning, and engineering company - has launched its Global Research Challenge 2015, offering up to £50,000 to support up to eight projects with potential to help better understand how to plan for problems likely to be faced by cities.

Expressions of interest are requested, by 12 June, from current employees and external partners wating to conduct collaborative research with colleagues across regions, in other companies or academic institutions.

Arup said it is looking to fund between five and eight projects with budgets ranging from £30,000 to £50,000 matching one of four themes: Enabling the urban circular economy; Evidence based decision making in cities; Low carbon multimodal mobility; and New approaches to financing city infrastructure.

These expressions of interest are to be assessed based on novelty, relevance, quality, potential impact to Arup’s business and value of collaboration (preferably cross regional and multidisciplinary).


Low carbon multimodal mobility

With demand for mobility and accessibility projected to be increased - leading to more congestion - Arup sees significant changes being required to the design and operations of all types of transport systems.

To help improve its understanding of infrastructure and service design for connected low carbon mobility for future cities, it is seeking proposals that will investigate multi-modal travel and modal shift, with the objective of less congested transport networks, increased efficiency and enhanced user experience with lower 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.


Application deadline - 17 July

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.

Successful teams will be notified in late June and will be invited to submit full proposals through Invest in Arup.

External applicants will be asked to discuss the terms of the collaboration agreement early on to help speed up the engagement.

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