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Opportunities for Industry to Engage with the Urban Freight Lab

Become a Member

$20,000 annually; $12,000 annually for startups (<3 years in operation)

The Urban Freight Lab is a research partnership between interconnected private companies, academic researchers, and public agencies. We work collaboratively to identify challenges in urban freight management and design and test solutions to make industry more efficient while making cities more sustainable and livable. Membership is on an annual basis.

Make a Gift


There are many ways to support the Urban Freight Lab’s research portfolio through financial contributions. Donate to the Lab to help fund research, support students or faculty at the UW, or sponsor a broad area of research or initiative.

Sponsor Research


Companies have a unique opportunity to leverage our research expertise, explore new areas, and tackle complex issues by sponsoring tailor-made research projects. Through this collaboration, industry sponsors forge a direct partnership with faculty to jointly shape projects that align with their specific needs and interests and define project milestones, deliverables, and intellectual property. Typically the total cost for a one-year project typically starts at $125,000, though researchers may elect to take on a smaller project. This collaboration serves as a conduit for companies to harness cutting-edge research expertise and navigate complex scholarship to drive innovation and growth.

Invest in Students

Support master’s and Ph.D. students by establishing a named graduate fellowship. This commitment is an effective way to build a relationship with UFL, nurture the next generation of logistics strategists, and pave the way for impactful research and talent cultivation.

Short-Term Student Fellowships
$100,000 annually for three years

This is a short-term commitment that can be extended as needed. Supporting a Ph.D. student requires a three- to five- year commitment. Supporting a master’s student requires a three-year commitment.

Endowed Student Fellowships
$250,000 one-time

This is permanent funding that will live on in perpetuity and can be designated to support master’s or Ph.D. students.

Invest in Faculty

Named professorships provide additional resources to fuel research and educational activities and offer prestige for the recipients. Professorships are a way for companies to build relationships with faculty working in areas of interest and to help the UFL recruit and retain top talent.

Short-Term Faculty Professorships

$40,000 annually for three years

This is a short-term commitment that can be renewed.

Endowed Professorships


This is a permanent fund that will live on in perpetuity.

Data Sharing

We invite companies or public sector agencies with unique datasets to explore the opportunity to share with the UFL for research purposes. Data reflecting travel patterns or data collected via unique pilots or projects can serve a research utility. The Lab may then incorporate into existing research or build a research project around new and interesting datasets. This data has the ability to inform peer-reviewed research publications that can help to educate on a global stage.

Opportunities for Cities & Public Agencies

We invite cities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that share our passion and vision for urban freight solutions to partner with the Urban Freight Lab on innovative projects and research. We have a long history of working with government agencies on funded research projects and provide a unique and research-driven approach to inquiry.

Opportunities for Community Organizations and Nonprofits

Propose Pro Bono Research

In addition to funded research projects, the UFL takes on pro bono community research projects for nonprofit organizations. These nonprofit partners have a research problem in alignment with our mission but lack resources to address the question. Under the guidance of faculty advisers, students work on projects in an educational context while they develop professional skills and experiences and apply newly learned methods for mutual benefit.