Research foundations

Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) is the collective name under which four foundations collaborate: the Volvo Research Foundation, the Volvo Educational Foundation, the Dr Pehr G Gyllenhammar Research Foundation and the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research.

The foundations finance research and education in the area of future urban transport mainly in Australia, Chile, China, India, South Africa, the UK and the US.

In 2000 the VREF initiated a program called Future Urban Transport (FUT) to support the development of sustainable transportation systems in large urban areas around the world. The FUT program grants approximately SEK 30 M annually to ten Centers of Excellence fully dedicated to research and educational projects in the area of sustainable urban transport. The Centers, integrated with universities or technology institutes, are cooperating closely through their case studies with key stakeholders responsible for urban transportation systems.

The FUT program grants approximately SEK 30 M annually to ten Centers of Excellence fully dedicated to research and educational projects in the area of sustainable urban transport.

The VREF also finances other research projects to complement the research of the Centers of Excellence and organize regular conferences or symposiums that bring together FUT researchers and key stakeholders. The participants learn from each other and develop new ideas that give rise to papers, articles or publications. The latest symposium took place in October 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden gathering over 90 participants around the theme “Urban Freight for Liveable Cities – How to deal with Collaboration and Trade-Offs”.

The latest symposium took place in October 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden gathering over 90 participants around the theme “Urban Freight for Liveable Cities – How to deal with Collaboration and Trade-Offs”.

For further information on the research foundations, the Centers and the FUT program, see link above right, visit the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations website.