WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation announces the second annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, “Transform,” which focuses on applied research in interior design and human behavior. The program will award up to three grants of up to $35,000 each. Research proposals from interior designers, scientists and educators on how interior design impacts human behavior and well-being are being accepted through Oct. 3, 2011.
“The Foundation’s research grant program enables the profession to build a base of knowledge about how interior design impacts human behavior and well-being,” says Judy Pickett, FASID, ASID Foundation Chair. “With this new and updated evidence-based research, designers are given relevant information that they are able to use with all clients in all areas of design. Nothing gets more powerful than that.”
Research proposals should demonstrate practical applications for both interior designers and their clients. The ideal length of a project is one to two years, and the grant can be used as the startup funds of a larger project. The grant program is open to design professionals, clients, scientists and educators, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.
In the program’s inaugural year, the ASID Foundation awarded $100,000 to the Materials Research Collaborative, a two-year project of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). The Materials Research Collaborative operates to allow the interior design community to more proactively participate in reducing the use of building products that are hazardous to human health while stimulating market demand for healthier building products. (Read our previous coverage of the Materials Research Collaborative here.)
This project will provide interior designers with an improved level of independently verified information that can be applied to avoid using these materials. This information will be presented for use via the Pharos online database and analysis system, a project of HBN that has established itself as the industry leader in transparent access to chemical and material properties of building products.
To learn more about the research grant program and download the 2011 RFP, please visit www.asidfoundation.org.