Volvo Construction Equipment is accepting applications for funding of pre-studies or similar projects as part of its Construction Climate Challenge. Submissions are encouraged from all continents; individuals associated with universities, research institutes and similar organizations can apply, with pre-studies being supported with funding of up to SEK 500,000 (approximately $73,000) over a period of nine months.
The Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) is a new initiative that aims to drive sustainability throughout the construction industry value chain by creating a dialogue with industry, academics and politicians. The first step in the CCC involves consolidating existing research on environmental management, identifying research that still needs to be carried out and making this information readily available to the wider industry.
Research areas of interest include energy efficiency, enablers for change and innovation, circular business model research, and emerging sustainable technologies.
The closing date for applications for a pre-study grant is Aug. 25, 2014. Applications should be a maximum of four pages in length and include: study background, problem description, expected results, societal impact and budget.
The funded pre-studies will be officially announced in conjunction to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain, on Oct. 8, 2014. The grant recipients will be notified before Sept. 10. Subsequently, the funded pre-studies are to submit progress reports to the CCC every two months, culminating in a final report at the end of the pre-study.
Successful pre-study teams are also required to attend and present their results at the Construction Climate Challenge Summit, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in conjunction with the final stop of the Volvo Ocean Race, June 24 and 25, 2015.