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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 has prioritized three (3) topics of interest. These topics align with the objectives of the ASID Foundation, engage ASID members and the profession, and offer an opportunity for continued research on topics previously funded, yielding greater breadth, depth and longevity of the work.

  1. ADAPTIVE ENVIRONMENTS DESIGNED FOR CHANGE & RESILIENCY: We constantly make adjustments as we deal with erratic changes in our day-to-day lives. We saw these adjustments become increasingly critical as COVID-19 required rapid shifts personally and organizationally at both residential and commercial scales. Given that we rely on the built environment to support our activities and behaviors, and at times, require spaces to quickly transform according to these varying demands, how can we design physical environments that are adaptive, flexible and supportive of human resilience, as needed to meet the changing demands of the day? What design attributes and/or strategies are conducive to human resilience?

  2. DESIGNING HUMANIZING ENVIRONMENTS FOR IMPERILED PEOPLE‘Imperiled people’ includes those fleeing not only natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and drought, but also economic and political upheaval. Well-designed spaces, temporarily occupied by this population in the midst of natural, financial, or political crises, can support this population and ensure greater resiliency during times of tension, disruption, disorder and confusion. Given that design should be used to positively impact lives, how can design create more humane spaces for populations of imperiled peoples? What attributes of environments can propel more humane alternatives?

  3. ACTIVATING DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION IN DESIGN SOLUTIONS: Interior design continues to play a critical role in impacting the human experience. The COVID-19 pandemic unearthed many discrepancies in society, including economic and social inequalities. Given that interior environments have the power to positively, or negatively, impact our quality of life, how can interior design and its positive impact be available, accessible, and achievable to the larger population? What needs to be considered when designing environments to be more equitable and inclusive to diverse occupants? How can organizations use interior design as a tool to increase engagement of diverse populations of employees, clients and users for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion?

The application period for the ASID Foundation Transform Research Grants is July 6 – September 15, 2022. 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. Submit using the secure online application form.

*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 6, 2022  Submissions Opens 
September 15, 2022 All Submissions Due
(Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT)
October 2022  Donghia Foundation & Jury Review
Late November 2022  All Grant Recipients Announced





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