Shanghai Jiao Tong University-with University of Leeds seed fund

Sustainable Cities Joint Living Lab Programme

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this joint research centre is to promote collaboration between the University of Leeds and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the fields in the broad area of urban sustainability using a living laboratory approach. We are particularly keen to develop research programs that cross traditional disciplinary divides to address complex environmental interactions that impact on the sustainability and function of cities. 

Projects can be up to 1 year in length but will be reviewed by the steering committee after 6 months. They must involve participants from each University. Applications should be up to £20,000 but the steering committee may support larger applications on the basis of science and collaboration excellence in addition to potential impact. Funds will be evenly allocated by the University of Leeds and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to their own faculty member(s) that take part in the projects, i.e. up to £10,000 allocated to the applicant from each university.

Funds allocated by the University of Leeds could be used in travel and subsistence. Funds allocated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University shall be utilized as travel grants.  Given the limited funds available staff time cannot be included in applications. There is an expectation of a level of exchange between Shanghai and Leeds (and vice versa).

Applicants should seek to address the following strategic priority areas:

1) Air Quality and Human Health;

2) Circular economies for sustainable cities

3) Technological developments for sustainable cities (including agritech).

A submission should be made to Bill Murphy (Pro Dean International) for the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds and to Yanping WU (Project manager) for the International Affairs Division, Shanghai Jiao Tong University NO LATER THAN 12:00 (UK time)/ 20:00 (Beijing Time) on Friday 6th March 2020. Awards will be announced by the end of March 2020.

Pump-priming Application Form


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Project Title:        

Principal Investigator (PI) Name (SJTU):        

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Principal Investigator (PI) Name (Leeds):        

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Project Description (summary for non specialists) 1000 words max

Other academic participants and their institution (please briefly comment on their role)

Other Partners (Corporate, Government, etc.) and their role:      

How does this programme fit with the SCLLP Objectives and which priority area is addressed?  

Amount of Funding Requested (amount entered in £)

Please provide details of any matching funding for this project proposal e.g. faculty or existing project funding, etc.

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Scientific Aims and Objectives (300 words max):

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Anticipated Impacts: (e.g. co-authored publications, external funding applications (i.e. if co-investigators in other countries intend to submit reciprocal bids, please specify), postgraduate training, collaborative degrees, software tools, novel archives, multi-stakeholder dialogue etc.) 


Accompanying Information Checklist

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1 page programme budget


1 page programme timeline


Email of endorsement from both academic’s institutes/schools