Funding

The overarching vision of the VREF Future Urban Transport Programme (FUT) is Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas

Through the FUT Programme, VREF supports interdisciplinary research, educational and outreach programs, demonstrative examples and change processes with the aim to stimulate development of new knowledge on ideas and solutions that can contribute to equitable access and sustainable urban transport. 

VREF supports research within the FUT programme by a variety of instruments, e.g:

  • Centres of Excellence (CoE) - The CoE are intended to create a platform for researchers who want to collaborate on the development of new and better knowledge about how to cope with the complexity of transport systems in large urban areas.
  • Single Projects
  • Meeting Places  - Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, etc

The projects and CoEs are expected to maintain the highest scientific quality and to work together with local actors that can utilize their results. 

Calls for proposals
VREF funding is normally based on open Calls for proposals, which are announced at the VREF web site and sometimes also through other channels. VREF´s calls for proposals are based upon an analysis of which areas are particularly important and where research and/or educational activities can make the biggest difference.

All proposals are reviewed by the VREF Scientific Council, and sometimes also by expert evaluators assigned by VREF. 

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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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