March 21, 2012 AdminHBA Design, Events, Front Page

AIA Hampton Roads – Research Grants Available


AIA Hampton Roads recently announced a research grant opportunity. AIAHR will provide funding for worthy research proposals in architecture and urban design with the goal of stimulating good ideas, contributing to the Hampton Roads community, and adding value to the built environment.

Awards: A single award or multiple awards may be made in increments of $500 and $1,000, up to $4,000.

Eligibility: AIAHR members and associate members, AIAS members

Criteria: We are seeking research which has substantial potential for a positive effect on people, places, and neighborhoods. Grant proposals should demonstrate creativity, feasibility, and impact, as well as explain the final product. These will be reviewed by the grant committee based on the following—

  • Creativity. Creativity may be by way of developing a novel architectural idea, finding a new use for a public space, or exploring a new and fruitful process.  Either way, the proposal must be valuable to the community and the built environment as well as original in its concept.
  • Feasibility. The reviewing committee must be assured that the research is practical, within reach of the proposer, and can be accomplished in the allotted time.  The proposal should also reasonably match the amount of the grant funding.
  • Impact. The goal of the grant is to fund projects that will have a positive impact on the community and built environment.  It may solve a common problem, reveal valuable information, or influence behaviors and thinking for the better.  Research has the potential to impact a large number of people will be scored higher.
  • Results. It is the nature of research is to share.  The results of the work should have the ability to be shared widely among both AIAHR members and the public at large.  This may be in the form of a written work, media, or objects, but regardless of form, AIAHR may request a formal presentation of the findings.

Schedule: Proposals are due March 30, 2012 and the award will be announced April 20, 2012. Completed results are due by August 30, 2012.

Guidelines: Applications must include three references and a budget. Full details and application form are available for download on the AIAHR website at

-Andy Craven