ASID Foundation to Award Transform Research Grants

As part of its ongoing initiatives to elevate the impact of interior design, the ASID Foundation is accepting proposals for its fifth annual Transform Research Grants. Awards will fund evidence-based research on the impact of interior design on learning performance and experience.

“The importance of learning has grown tremendously in the United States over the last several decades,” said ASID Foundation Chair Sonya Odell, FASID, RIS, NCIDQ. “Now, the ability to acquire new skills and to process information is the difference between being competitive and being left behind. Knowledge is power, and in the coming months, we look forward to reviewing RFP submissions regarding the impact of interior design on the learning process.”

Awarded annually, the Transform Research Grants focus on applied research in interior design and human behavior. In 2016, the Foundation will award up to $100,000 to evidence-based research projects that address the impact of design on learning and how to design spaces that optimize the learning experience.

A panel of expert judges will evaluate submissions and prioritize the top five studies for each grant type. The ASID Foundation’s Board of Trustees will make the final funding decisions. The evaluation criteria is based on the significance of study, the innovativeness of research questions, the feasibility of budget and timeline, and the strength and breadth of the target audience reach.

The deadline for submissions is December 7, 2015. For a complete description of guidelines and additional information, visit

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at

About ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation advances the interior design profession by drawing upon its resources to promote meaningful collaboration and research, award scholarships, and fund projects that broaden the value of interior design. Created in 1975, the ASID Foundation’s mission is to support endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. The Foundation’s current initiatives include the National Building Museum Capital Council; The 1% project with Public Architecture; CIDA’s Standards Development Project; the Transform Research Grant; as well as a comprehensive scholarship program. Visit for more information.