About CRDF

The CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is a multidisciplinary think-do-tank promoted by CEPT University. After more than four decades of consultancy, research and advisory work, the university established CRDF in 2013 under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 (non-profit company), to undertake and manage the increasing volumes of research work in the domain. It is a wholly owned but separate entity of CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

CRDF, through its Centers, strives to enhance and deepen knowledge, encourage innovation and provide professional services. The different thematic verticals, identified as 'Centers,' work together to find answers to complex problems in the built environment. CRDF works in the areas of Urban Planning and Policy, Infrastructure Development, Water and Sanitation, Heritage Conservation, Climate Change, Sustainable Living, Affordable Housing, Advanced Geomatics, Building Science and Energy, and Urban Transportation.

Over the years, CRDF has worked with various levels of Government, multi-lateral institutions (WB, ADB), bilateral agencies, and philanthropic organisations. CRDF is a trusted advisor to the Government of India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in the areas of capacity building for town planning, handholding cities for the preparation of local area plans and town planning schemes in urban areas and for undertaking thematic research.



Commitment to Sustainability

At CRDF, we have a strong focus on sustainability. Our centers have led impressive initiatives in areas of building energy performance, transport, and water and sanitation that have contributed to low-carbon urban development, responsible consumption, and more efficient management of natural resources. CRDF is also an active partner in some of the world's most influential coalitions and forums, such as the Global Cooling Prize, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, ASHRAE, Global Water Partnership and Transport Research Board, focusing on innovation in sustainable technology, policy and planning.CRDF reassures its focus on projects safeguarding the environment and improving sustainability.  The CRDF Environmental Safeguard Policy ensures compliance with all relevant environmental regulations.  CRDF affirms its commitment to maintaining a clean, green environment and conserving biodiversity.  The policy also provides guidance to norms for environment-friendly decisions.  CRDF strives to integrate sound environmental practices across its various Centers’ operations.

Organization and Governance

CRDF has an independent Governing Council with members drawn from the University’s Board of Management and chaired by the President of CEPT University. CRDF has different thematic verticals identified as ‘Centers’, each focused on a specific area of study and research. Typically the Centers are overseen by a Faculty member of CEPT University and draw upon CEPT University’s resources and faculty members to carry out the research. The CRDF executive office sets the strategic direction and priorities for research or advisory activities to expand into new areas of inquiry, foster partnerships or collaborations, and elevate capacities and systems to deliver high-quality outcomes. It supports the Centers in developing grant proposals and pursuing funding opportunities and also manages administrative and operational functions, including accounting, financial reporting and managing information technology. CRDF also plays a central role in furthering internal and external communication, knowledge management and outreach.