New Grant Program to Benefit Human Condition Announced

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The ASID Foundation announces three grants for designers, scientists and educators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2010) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation announced the creation of the Interior Design Research Grant Program, which, in its inaugural year, 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” are being accepted through November 15, 2010.

“The Interior Design Research Grant Program is a great gift to the industry and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Penny Bonda, FASID. “The influx of new research will provide us more insight into the power of interior design, and the science behind it.”

The ASID Foundation is seeking research proposals that have practical applications for both interior designers and their clients, yet reach beyond proposals of basic research, historic research of literature reviews. The length of the ideal project is one to two years, and the grant can be used as the startup funds of a larger project.

Since 1975, the ASID Foundation has been committed to promoting research, scholarship and education related to the design or interior spaces that benefits the human condition. The Foundation achieves its objective by awarding grants for the collection, expansion, and dissemination of an interior design evidence-based body of knowledge and by awarding scholarships that recognize prospective and current contributions to the interior design profession.
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About ASID Foundation: As the leading interior design organization, ASID is dedicated to progressing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports 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. ASID Foundation initiatives include CIDA’s Accreditation Process Review, REGREEN, a collaborative project with the U.S. Green Building Council, and Rebuilding Together and their Veteran’s Housing Initiative, which rehabilitates the homes of low-income active and retired members of the military. Learn more at

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.


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