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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. Up to $100,000 may 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? 

The application period for the ASID Foundation Transform Research Grants is July 7 – September 15, 2021. 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. Download the RFP for full details.

*The ASID Foundation Transform Research Grant program is made possible by the generous support of the Donghia Foundation.

ASID Foundation Transform Research Grants Timeline 

July 7, 2021  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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