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ASID Foundation Now Accepting Submissions for 2019 Research Grant Program

T​he American Society of Interior Designers ​(​ASID​) has opened submissions for the ASID Foundation (ASIDF) Research Grant Program. ASIDF will be accepting submissions through Sept. 13, 2019.

Aimed at supporting research projects that benefit the entire design community, the program seeks proposals that will provide empirical data and actionable design principles for industry professionals and clients.

“​The ASIDF Research Grant Program actively encourages and advances the interaction between research and practice,​” said Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO, ASID. “By funding this program, ASIDF is supporting invaluable projects that will benefit every facet of the design industry, including the individuals inhabiting these spaces. We look forward to evaluating this year’s submitted proposals and demonstrating how design research impacts lives. ”

Proposed research projects should address critical gaps and/or future advances in industry knowledge, elevate the value of design, and demonstrate the impact of interior design for the benefit of all. Submissions must include an applicable project category, methodology, expected outcome and application, budget, timeline, and dissemination and contingency plan.

Four research grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded, and chosen projects will be developed into an educational resource shared with the design community.

The ASID Foundation research committee prioritized four topics of interest, however, proposals focused on other topics may be considered if they are identified as pertinent to the practice. The four topics are:

Research Topic #1: Design for Mindfulness

How can the design of the physical environment further enable mindfulness?

Research Topic #2: Divergent Creativity / Co-Creation

How can design foster divergent creativity, especially in collaborative work?

Research Topic #3: Design for Imperiled People: Humanizing Environments

Design should be used to impact all lives: how can design create spaces that humanize populations of imperiled peoples, and what attributes of environments can propel humane alternatives?

Research Topic #4: Measuring the Return on Investment Through Post-Occupancy Evaluations

How can P/POEs demonstrate and enhance the value of design?

To view the full RFP and submission guidelines, visit: ​​. Submissions for ASIDF grant proposals officially close on September 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EDT) with grant recipients to be announced in late October 2019.

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