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Centres of Excellence
Through the FUT program, VREF currently finances ten Centers of Excellence in five regions of the world.

The Centers are:

BEIJING, CHINA (Established 2006)

The China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center, (CUSTREC)

BERKELEY, USA (Established 2004)

The Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport (CFUT), University of California

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (Established 2008)

The African Centre of Excellence in Transport (ACET), University of Cape Town

LONDON, UK (Established 2006)

The OMEGA Centre for the Study of Mega Projects in Trasport and Development, the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

LOS ANGELES, USA (Established 2013)

METROFREIGHT: The local/global Challenge of Urban Freight, University of Southern California

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (Established 2006)

The Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT), University of Melbourne

NEW DELHI, INDIA (Established 2003)

Transport Research & Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

NEW YORK, USA (Established 2004)

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD), Columbia University

SANTIAGO, CHILE (Established 2010)

The Centre for Across Latitudes and Cultures Bus Rapid Transit (ALC-BRT), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

From 2017: BRT+, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

TROY, USA (Established 2013)

Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (SUFS), Renssselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Global Mobility Research

This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


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

The invitation is now closed.

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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