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AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants

Deadline: 9/1/2018, 11:59 PM PST

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2018 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative

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The AIA Upjohn Research Initiative supports applied research projects that enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.

This AIA program funds up to six research grants of $15,000–$30,000 annually for projects completed in a 6-to 18-month period. The funds must be fully matched with hard dollars, with a maximum of 10% allocated for overhead. Grant recipients’ research findings and outcomes are published by AIA both online and in a nationally-distributed publication.

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2018 Grants

At least one Upjohn Research Initiative grant (up to $30,000) will be dedicated to design and health principles.* The proposed research under this category should focus on the human health impacts of design at the community, building, or product scale. Research should be relevant and applicable to practicing architects. It must address one or more of these areas:
  • Methods for efficiently monitoring or tracking health outcomes of design interventions or materials toxicological exposure
  • Consistent metrics for reporting health impacts or risk reduction vis-à-vis databases and tools (e.g., productivity calculators, materials databases, lifecycle assessment tools)
  • Policies that could be used to promote health, well-being, and equity through design and construction
  • Innovations that measurably improve environmental quality, sensory experiences, social connectedness, safety, and access to nature or physical activity

  • The remaining grant funding will be allocated to projects addressing a broad range of issues, as long as they enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge. AIA will give priority to the following preferred themes, but applications are not subject to these topics:
  • Building performance (e.g., measurement, metrics, design practices, or other research that addresses energy and/or water performance of a building)
  • Technology and innovation (e.g., innovative materials, visualization/design tools/practices, mobility of information to advance the profession)
  • Climate change and disaster mitigation (e.g., resilient design strategies/approaches to address climate change impacts, lowering carbon footprint of buildings and materials)

  • * The jury reserves the right to waive this dedicated grant if they deem proposals are not strong enough or don’t meet the criteria as outlined. Additionally, more than one grant may be given to submissions that address the design and health theme.

    Submission Details
    Remember: Omit any identifying information from the title, descriptive text, budget, and the optional images before submitting for the blind review process.

    Criteria and Selection

    Given their role in helping establish the program, the jury panel is comprised of seven professionals from the AIA College of Fellows and the AIA Board Knowledge Committee.

    The jury evaluates each submission and selects the grant awardees based on the following criteria and weighting. Please consider these when preparing your application. Dates

    Submission deadline: September 1, 2018 by 11:59pm Pacific
    Notifications to applicants: by November 1, 2018
    Verification of matching funds and agreement: by November 27, 2018

    Submission fee: None

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Are applicants from outside the United States eligible to apply and receive funding?
    A: International applications are eligible to submit; funds for grant recipients will be dispersed in U.S. dollars.

    Q: May an applicant submit more than one proposal?
    A: Yes.

    Q: May an applicant be involved in more than one submission?
    A: Yes.

    Q: May an applicant have received funding from the Upjohn grants in previous cycles?
    A: Yes. The following are encouraged: New projects, related but distinct previously funded projects, and unfunded projects from prior Upjohn grant applications. The AIA will determine whether a project previously funded through the Upjohn program is eligible. If applicable, please fill out Task 6: Optional for previous recipients of an Upjohn grant only.

    Q: What are the matching funds requirements?
    A: When grant recipients are selected, recipients are required to submit verification/documentation of matching hard-dollar funds as part of the agreement process prior to disbursement of funds. The grant agreement (to be signed by the grant recipient) will have space for noting the dollar amount of matching funds and the source(s). It will include language about matching funds: The Grant Recipient represents that the Grant Recipient has obtained a binding commitment from a third party (“Matching Funds Source”) to pay to Grant Recipient the Matching Funds Amount by (“Matching Funds Pay Date”). The Match Funds Amount cannot include waiving of/or paying of fringe benefits (i.e., overhead, cost recovery, department administrative support or any other accounting term/principal that implies other than a direct outlay of funds paid to the Grant Recipient).

    Q: Would in-kind instrumentation be considered a source of matching funds?
    A: No.

    Q: Is there any further guidance on submittals?
    These are general feedback points from previous jury cycles. These may or may not apply to your submission.