The METRANS' contributions value recognized for its 20th Anniversary through its MetroFreight Center. 

METRANS Transportation Center, University of Southern California (USC), celebrated on Thursday October 4 its 20th Anniversary through a reception followed by a formal dinner given at the USC.

The VREF MetroFreight Center of Excellence (CoE) is an integral part of the METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California (USC). METRANS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary throughout 2018 and recognizing the value of collaboration with those individuals and organizations vested in transportation research, policy and programs.

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, an Anniversary Reception and Dinner Celebration took place at USC for 140 faculty, students and industry leaders in transportation and land use planning professions across the state of California.

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T. O'Brien, G.Giuliano and C. Showalter present the METRANS Commemorative Letter sent by the VREF.

During the formal dinner program, Catherine Showalter, MetroFreight Project Manager, presented a Commemorative Letter from the Chairman of the VREF Board, Torbjörn Holmström, to METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano, and Associate Director Thomas O’Brien. The congratulatory letter acknowledges the contributions of METRANS through its MetroFreight CoE as “one of the most significant and scientifically excellent members of the international academic urban freight community.”

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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2021-03-15.

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Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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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.


This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

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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