The Future Urban Transport Programme

VREF – Investments that make a difference

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspire, initiate and support research and educational activities promoting sustainable transport for fair access in urban areas. We aim to nurture processes of change and transformative capacity in cities as well as in businesses.

Through the ”Future Urban Transport – How to deal with complexity (FUT)” program, VREF invests in research, education and communication for the purpose of contributing new ideas and solutions for the design of sustainable transportation systems in cities. The challenge is to find urban transport solutions that will provide accessibility for the masses while at the same time radically reducing transportation’s negative local and global environmental impacts.

The FUT Program currently has three thematic profiles:

Since 2001 the FUT program has created ten Centres of Excellence (CoE) and a number of projects and events worldwide. The research teams are based at universities and research institutes in Australia, Chile, China, France, India, Kenya, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, and the US, with partners in cities around the world.

VREF engages in activities to dessiminate research findings and to exchange knowledge, such as meeting places and publications through partnerships with universities, institutes, international organizations, foundations and other non-profit organizations. VREF has hosted several FUT conferences in Gothenburg. Other VREF events have been held in Beijing, Berkeley, Cape Town, London, Nairobi, New Delhi, and New York.

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The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a VREF Study Visit Grant to support a study visit with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is open until October 31st, 2017.

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Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.

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About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas

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