Friday, March 2, 2012
AIA Announces RFP for Funded Research Grants on Design and Health
Decade of Design: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge
Targeted Research for Real-World Solutions to Urban and Regional Design Challenges.
Communities large and small around the globe face increasingly complex challenges to quality of life that require innovative solutions. The AIA has launched a long-term commitment it will develop with other partners within the Clinton Global Initiative to help address such problems. Decade of Design: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge is conceived as a 10-year commitment to engage architecture schools and other stakeholders in research in a set of targeted areas to address problems facing, urban, suburban, and rural communities in the United States and beyond. Through the Decade of Design, the AIA and its partners seek to demonstrate the economic and social value of design and that design thinking can result in innovative solutions that significantly enhance a community regardless of its resources, location, or demographic make-up.
To launch the Decade of Design the AIA is partnering with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Clinton Global Initiative to solicit proposals for research projects in the first of a series of topic areas: design and health. The proposed projects should document the positive impact of design interventions or propose solutions, based on past successes, that can be readily implemented in the future. Through the projects, faculty, students, and practitioners will actively engage stakeholders to ensure that proposed design solutions are a good fit for the communities in which they will occur.
The AIA will award up to $40,000 in grants, with a maximum of $20,000 for any single project. Funds will be available during the 2012-13 academic year, in two equal installments: following completion of a research agreement and following acceptance of the January 1 progress report. The AIA encourages programs to seek additional resources from other sources outside the program or institution to support the development of the program if necessary.
Proposals due to the AIA by 5 p.m. May 15, 2012 EDT