About the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations
VREF, the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, is the collective name under which four foundations collaborate to finance research and education in the areas of transportation, environment and energy. Since the turn of the Century, these foundations – through VREF – have focused on the area Future Urban Transport (FUT) with the subtitle, “How to deal with complexity.”
The four VREF foundations are:
VREF is tax-exempt in accordance with the Swedish law, which means that the foundations aim to serve the public good. VREF's processes for funding research and educational activities are transparent and allocated grants cannot be used for the benefit of private companies.
VREF invests in programs and projects with the mission:
VREFapplies open and transparent processes for allocating grants. The normal procedure is a Call for Proposals, which is worldwide open to universities and other research organisations of similar academic standard as universities. Proposals are reviewed by the VREF Scientific Council. In most cases external reviewers are also required in order to complete an assessment prior to a decision from the Board.
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