The ASID Foundation is accepting proposals for its sixth annual Transform Grants through March 15, 2017. This year, the Foundation will continue its mission to elevate the impact of interior design by funding evidence-based research on how interior design can foster well-being for all.

Awarded annually, the Transform Grants support applied research in interior design and human behavior. In 2017, the Foundation will award up to $100,000 to evidence-based research projects that address interior design or policy solutions that use space to enhance one or more elements of well-being for all. The ASID Foundation considers the five elements of well-being to be physical, social (mental/emotional), financial, career and community.

The Transform Grants include two types of research studies. Grant A is for Seed/Start-up Funds and awards up to $30,000 to support the exploration or pilot phase of broader research initiatives. It must be completed in nine months or less. Grant B is for a Research Project and awards up to $70,000 to investigate how design can transform lives. It must be completed in 18 months or less.

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 the study, the innovativeness of research questions, the feasibility of budget and timeline, the strength and breadth of the target audience reach, and the overall quality of the submission.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. For a complete description of guidelines and additional information, go here.