THE 2021 HAROLD SAMUEL RESEARCH PRIZE

BUILT FOR INNOVATION

UCEM is delighted to announce the 2021 Harold Samuel Research Prize, an annual award of up to £15,000 for an innovative research project that has the potential to provide industry-changing insight for the built environment. The prize will be judged and awarded by a panel of experts from across the industry, UCEM staff and independent appointees.

WHAT RESEARCH WILL BE CONSIDERED?

Projects may be undertaken by anyone working in or with an interest in and knowledge of the built environment sector, based in the UK or in any other part of the world. The panel particularly welcomes applications related to the themes of the 2021 prize, as detailed below, but will also welcome topics on any aspect that has the potential to provide industry-changing insight for the built environment.

2021 RESEARCH THEMES

[1] Research focused on any economic aspect of the built environment. For example, what are the economic challenges and opportunities facing people and organisations involved in delivering built environment projects? How can the sector become more efficient? What opportunities are there for time and cost savings across the supply chain? Do traditional finance/contractual models work and how can they be improved? What can be put in place and how can such changes be implemented? Who needs to be part of this and how?

[2] Research focused on any social aspect of the built environment. For example, what are the social challenges and opportunities facing people and organisations involved in delivering built environment projects today? How can the sector more successfully attract and retain diverse talent? How does the built environment need to change to widen participation? How can happiness within the sector be increased? How can we better deliver social value? What are the key issues and opportunities of today and how can solutions be created to benefit tomorrow? What can be put in place and how can such changes be implemented? Who needs to be part of this and how?

[3] Research focused on any environmental aspect of the built environment. For example, what are the environmental challenges and opportunities facing people and organisations involved in delivering built environment projects? How can the sector reduce its carbon footprint and enable change that results in wide-ranging sustainable development? What can be put in place and how can such changes be implemented? Who needs to be part of this and how?

Research that covers more than one aspect of the built environment (economic, social and environmental) is especially encouraged.

AWARD TIMELINE

21/06/2021 Harold Samuel Research Prize announced
21/06/2021 UCEM website open for applications
20/08/2021 Last date for submissions
23/08/2021 to 10/09/2021 Judging panel assessments
24/09/21 Judging panel final decision and applicants notified
UCEM Property Awards luncheon presentation