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Transform Research Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers to
Develop and Implement Interior Design Research Projects

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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 11:59 EDT


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Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $70,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers for applied research projects on interior design. Funding may be used for start-up projects, seed funds, or full research projects. The research topic for this year's funding is how diversity, equity, and inclusivity can be supported through interior design.

The ASID Foundation is pleased to announce the Transform Research Grants to provide essential funding to address critical gaps in industry knowledge, advance design understanding, and transform the practice of interior design for improving the human experience. The ASID Foundation exists to advance the profession and communicate the ability of interior design to enhance the human experience through empirical research, scholarships, and education. To expand knowledge about how interior design impacts the world around us, the ASID Foundation is seeking research projects that generate outcomes with practical applications for design practitioners and their clients. Proposed research should be directly relevant, easily translatable, and of keen interest to both practicing designers and their clients. Grants will be awarded this year between two types of research studies:

  • Grant A: Seed/Start-Up Funds Up to $30,000 to support the exploration or pilot phase of broader research initiatives; to be completed in nine months or less (not including dissemination)
  • Grant B: Research Project Up to $70,000 to investigate how design can transform lives; to be completed in 15 months or less (not including dissemination)

This year's Transform Research Grant program is focusing on how diversity, equity, and inclusivity can be supported through interior design. The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed many discrepancies in society, including economic and social inequalities. How can interior design and its positive impact be available, accessible, and achievable to the larger population? What needs to be considered to have designed environments be more inclusive to diverse occupants? How can organizations use interior design as a tool for providing diversity, equity, and inclusivity to their employees, clients, and customers? 

Proposed research projects should be rooted from research questions that empirically investigates potential solutions, generates measurable results on the impact of design, and translates the findings into actionable design recommendations, guidelines, and/or tools that designers can apply in their design projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183776

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant A: Seed/Start-Up Funds: Up to $30,000
- Grant B: Research Project: Up to $70,000

Term of Contract:

Grant A: Seed/Start-Up Funds: to be completed in nine months or less (not including dissemination).
Grant B: Research Project: to be completed in 15 months or less (not including dissemination)

Earliest Project Start Date: December 1, 2021
Grant A Project End Date: August 31, 2022
Grant B Project End Date: February 28, 2023

Latest Project Start Date: January 3, 2022
Grant A Project End Date: September 30, 2022
Grant B Project End Date: March 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Transformation Research grant is open to all - international applicants are welcome.

The Foundation is not seeking proposals for theoretical research, historical research, or literature reviews.

Pre-Application Information:

- July 7, 2021: Proposal Submissions Opens
- September 15, 2021: All Submissions Due (Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT)
- October 2021: Donghia Foundation & Jury Review
- Late November 2021: All Grant Recipients Announced

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Susan Chung, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Knowledge, ASID

American Society of Interior Designers
1152 15th St. NW, Suite 910
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-546-3480
Fax: 202-546-3240

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