Sponsored Research Opportunities

ACSA/AIA Housing Research Lecture Series

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community (AIA Housing) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are collaborating to increase public and professional awareness of environmental, community and technical research for housing. The ACSA/AIA Housing Research Webinar Series will provide free online continuing education for faculty, students, architects, architectural interns and others that will support evidence-based practice in housing and community development. Proposals are being accepted through March 31 for the series of webinars that will be offered in September to December 2015.

Proposals are sought for presentations that address primary-source, experimental, applied, or translational research. Examples of areas of interest include but are not limited to healthy homes, sustainable construction, international practice, and community engagement.

The one-AIA-learning-unit webinars will be offered online through the GoToMeeting platform, with slides presented on screen and audio over the telephone. Each moderated presentation will feature one or two speakers for approximately 35 minutes, followed by a live question-and-answer period. Webinars typically attract 150-250 participants. The webinar will also be available on the AIA’s YouTube channel. No compensation, other than free learning units, is offered to presenters.

A $500 honorarium from the AIA Housing Knowledge Community will be offered for each presentation.

Selection Criteria
Up to 9 proposals will be selected for development. Proposals will be peer-reviewed using the following criteria:

    • Quality of the research 
    • Applicability to practice or policy
    • Previous experience of presenters
    • Quality of graphic images
    • Content addresses health, safety and/ or welfare in architecture

Submission Requirements:
Submissions will be collected and peer-reviewed through the ACSA website. Submit the following information in a single PDF:

    • Name and contact information for presenters – indicate prime contact
    • Biosketch or resume for presenters (1 page maximum)
    • Learning Objectives – 4
    • Summary – 150 words max
    • Sample powerpoint– 10 slides max

Submission Instructions: 
Click on the submit now button below to submit your proposal. Submit your PDF within the "paper/poster" tab. If you are not already an ACSA member, please contact membership@acsa-arch.org to gain access to the ACSA submission portal. 

Selected presenters will also be required to submit the following:


    • Photograph of speakers
    • Powerpoint Presentation
    • AIA waiver


  • March 31 Proposals due
  • April 30 Finalists announced
  • September–February Webinars scheduled for first Monday each month, 12:00pm Eastern 3

Questions may be directed to Michael Monti, ACSA executive director, mmonti@acsa-arch.org, 202.785.2324 x 7.

AIA Announces RFP for Funded Research Grants on Design and Health

Deadline: May 15, 2012

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 that it will develop with other partners within the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 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. 

To launch the Decade of Design the AIA is partnering with ACSA and the CGI 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. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2012. 


Download the request for proposals here.


2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design - Research Grant

Application Deadline: 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 23, 2012

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community and Small Project Practitioners (SPP) are proud to offer the 2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one emerging professional (defined in the attachment) to conduct research on residential design practice in small architectural firms or a topic of direct applicability to these firms. Applicants are encouraged to research emerging approaches to the professional practice of architecture.

The Researcher will have the opportunity to undertake comprehensive professional research on residential and housing design in practice. The Researcher’s completed work will be published on AIA websites. The Researcher will be funded in the amount of $7,000 for a research effort that is the equivalent to a 12-week full time architectural internship.

Click here for more information.