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Research Opportunities


Society of Architectural Historians - Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award

Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.”

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - Spiro Kostof Book Award

This award is given for interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities.

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Urban Communication Foundation - Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication.

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Award Amount: $500.00

Arizona Technology Council - Governor's Celebration of Innovation

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is an annual awards gala honoring technology leaders, innovators, and academics from across the state. Nominations should be coordinated through Tech Launch.

Deadline: July 26, 2021

NOAA CPO Releases Urban Extreme Heat and Health Risk Funding Opportunity
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office (CPO) has released a new funding opportunity for Extreme Heat Risk focused on Urban Climate Science for Decision-making and Evaluation of Heat-Health Risk. The FOA seeks proposals which would research decision-making supports for urban communities affected by extreme heat and urban heat islands. Possible directions include information dissemination, policies to improve heat resilience, and mitigation of health impacts. While institutions do not have to be located in the specified cities, applications are constrained to proposals that focus on communities involved in the National Integrated Heat Health Information System, in partnership with Climate Adaptation Planning and Analytics (NIHHIS)-(CAPA) Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign and are required to collaborate with decision-makers in those cities. Projects should leverage existing NOAA-supported urban heat island publicly available data and any connections to NOAA’s Cooperative Institutes.

The CPO expects to fund five awards for a duration of one to two years at $50,000-150,000 per year.  Full applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on February 15, 2021.

This opportunity comes as the first of the CPO’s Climate Risk Areas Initiative which sorted the office’s activities into four interdisciplinary climate risk areas: Extreme Heat, Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, and Water Resources. More competitions for the other three Climate Risk Areas are likely to come early in the new year.

Sources and Additional Information:

Deadline: February 15, 2021

Vitalyst Health Foundation - Systems Change Grants

Systems Change begins with a creative idea about improving health and well-being for a vulnerable population. Understanding all the facets of the problem requires partners that provide different perspectives on the problem to more effectively construct an intentional plan of action.

Systems Change Grants are designed to address the following:

  • Increase community capacity to identify and address issues affecting community health and well-being.
  • Strategically leverage infrastructure, systems design and policies to improve health where we live, learn, work, pray and play.
  • Improve the environmental, social, behavioral and health infrastructure conditions that impact determinants of health and enable Arizonans to be healthy and resilient.
  • Create a sustainable solution to the problem being addressed that endures after the term of the grant funding.

The 2021 LOI submission portal will open on August 29, 2020. Here are instructions to use the online submission system.  Click here to access the Systems Change submission portal.  We encourage you to view the Information Meeting to learn more about the grants which will be available by September 4, 2020.  Thank you for your interest in the Systems Change Grants.

The work should utilize a health equity lens to address one or more Elements of a Healthy Community to create a solution that is more effective, equitable and sustainable than existing approaches.

Click here for The LOI Details.

Full Proposals Due: January 22 2021 by 5:00pm AZ 


American Ceramic Society, Glass & Optical Materials Divison - Stookey Lecture of Discovery

This award recognizes an individual’s lifetime of innovative exploratory work or noteworthy contributions of outstanding research on new materials, phenomena, or processes involving glass, that have commercial significance or the potential for commercial impact.

Minimum Award: $1,000

Deadline: January 21, 2021

More information can be found at

American Alliance of Museums - Awards for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

The American Alliance of Museums’ Awards for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion honor and celebrate individuals, organizations, and programs advancing the museum field in these areas, both internally through workplace culture, programs, and policies and externally through engagement with museum audiences and communities.

Minimum Award: $1,000

Deadline: January 20, 2021

More information can be found at


Water Environment Federation

Public Communication & Outreach Program Awards

The WEF Public Communication & Outreach Program Awards recognize WEF members for significant accomplishments in promoting public awareness and the understanding of water environment issues through the development and implementation of outreach, education and/or communication programs. WEF Member Associations, individual WEF members, and other (non-WEF/MA) organizations, including groups, events and campaigns, are eligible for this award.

Please ensure that the nomination is made for the applicable category below; if clarification is needed, please contact the WEF PCOC Awards Subcommittee.


i. Individual - to be awarded to an individual WEF member for extraordinary communication and outreach efforts.
ii. WEF Member Association - to be awarded to a WEF Member Association in recognition of outstanding, unique, and/or effective association outreach program development.
iii. Other (organizations, groups of individuals, events and campaigns) - to be awarded to recognize an exceptional project, program, or other outreach effort by an organization including WEF or MA member involvement but outside of the WEF/MA organization.

Criteria: The criteria are the same for each category.

i.   Documented achievements of water environment outreach, public education, public communication programs and      activities.
ii.  Identification and description of exceptional efforts to engage and educate the public on water environment issues.
iii. A detailed narrative description of activities or efforts, including the objective and results.
iv. At least one member of a nominated organization shall be a Member of the Water Environment Federation.

Credit For:
i.     Originality/Creative Use of WEF Materials
ii.    Enthusiasm
iii.   Depth and breadth of audience reached
iv.   Use of creative or innovative concepts or application
v.    Goals set and achieved
vi.   Volunteer efforts as opposed to career assignments
vii.  Goals achieved/measured results
viii. Program continuity - one-time; repetitive event; ongoing development
ix.   Involvement of youth, Young Professionals, other constituencies
x.    Training, mentoring, succession planning elements
xi.   Sphere of outreach - local; regional; national; government influence


  • Online Nomination Form
  • One-page background information: for category i award, pertinent biography of individual nominee(s); for category ii award, history of MA nominee; for category iii award, description and history of Other Org nominee(s).
  • Specific reasons for nomination (one page maximum)
  • A detailed narrative description of the activities or efforts, including the objectives, results, exceptional creativity, influence, use of resources, other remarkable features, accomplishments
  • Documented evidence of the individual's or program's results and lasting effects

Nominations Accepted From:
WEF Member Associations
WEF Members
WEF Committees

Nominations Deadline:
A final copy of your nomination form must be received by April 1, 2021.


Tori Cox, Awards Program Manager
Phone: 703-684-2477

University of Nebraska & Western History Association (WHA)

David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize

The WHA announces the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize given annually for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America. The competition will be open to any non-fiction book, including biography, on any aspect of Southwestern life, past or present with a 2019 copyright. The purpose of the prize is to promote fine writing and original research on the American Southwest. The author will receive $2500 and an invitation to give the annual Weber-Clements Prize Lecture at Southern Methodist University. 

All submissions must have a 2019 publication date. Presses should submit nominations and a copy of the book to each member of the award committee listed below. While the formal process requires presses/journals to submit the work of their authors, the WHA strongly recommends that authors check with the award committee chair a week before the deadline to see if they received a copy of their work.

-2020 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2020

-2020 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2021

For more information see

US Water Alliance - US Water Prize 2020

Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation's water challenges. It is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all.  The US Water Prize celebrates the breadth of creative collaboration and the partnerships that are making significant contributions to advancing One Water across America.  Annually, there are different prize categories.  In the past, universities have won the prize for innovation in facilities, and for collaborative research projects. 

Deadline: April 15, 2021

For more information see

National Endowment for the Humanities - NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication.

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount: $5,000 per month

Open to: Individuals

Expected output:Digital Material and Publication

Application available: February 26, 2021

Application due: April 28, 2021

Expected notification date: December 17, 2021

Project start date: January 1, 2022

For more information see

Materials Research Society - David Thurnbull Lectureship

The David Turnbull Lectureship recognizes the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research. In the spirit of the life work of David Turnbull, writing and lecturing also can be factors in the selection process. 

The recipient will give a technical lecture of broad appeal at a designated session of the MRS Fall Meeting, and he/she will work with the MRS Bulletin staff in preparing an appropriate article for the MRS Bulletin. In addition, the recipient will receive a travel allowance for speaking engagements throughout the year.

Nomination site Open: March 1 through April 1

Award: $5000

More information at 

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) - Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award

The Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award was established in 2015 and is awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member who has exercised an extensive leadership role within the SSSP and other professional societies and within the larger community. 

The Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award will be given to a scholar who effectively:

1) Addresses social issues of contemporary public importance;

2) Brings a deepened public understanding to these issues;

3) Advances social understanding of leadership for change within the larger society;

4) Proposes courses of action to effect that change.

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Award: $500

For more information see

National Civic League - RWJF-National Civic League Health Equity Award

This Award presented by the National Civic League recognizes and honors individuals that have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Award: $3000

See more information at

Lewis-Burke Announcements: 

Lewis-Burke Provides Resources on DOD Environmental Research Program     
Lewis-Burke has compiled resources for faculty interested in conducting environmental research to support the Department of Defense (DOD) under the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).  These programs support DOD’s efforts to address environmental and sustainability challenges stemming from DOD’s platforms and installations.  SERDP funds basic and applied research to address these challenges, while ESTCP demonstrates promising and cost-effective technologies that address high-priority environmental requirements.  These programs are managed jointly by the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Energy (DOE).  Faculty interested in working with these programs should review their “core statements of need,” which are released every summer and dictate DOD’s investment priorities for environmental R&D and technology demonstration.  Lewis-Burke’s analysis of this program can be found here.  More information about SERDP and ESTCP can be found here, and the statements of need can be found here

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on increasing participation, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.  There are three tracks available to applicants: Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) and Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP) with a deadline of January 13, 2021 and August 25, 2021 (and annually in August thereafter).; and Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) with a deadline of February 10, 2021 (and annually thereafter).  NSF has $11 million funding available for the HSI program in FY 2021 that will be distributed as follows: 15-25 PPP awards at $200,000 to $300,000 for two-years; up to 10 IEP awards at $500,000 to $800,000 for three- to five-year projects; and 1-2 ITPs up to $3 million over five-years.  Additional information is available here


Conference Opportunities, Workshops and Calls for Papers


RESTRUCT is BACK in partnership with the Arizona Institutes for Resilience and the Collaborative for Global Adaptive Pandemic Solutions

$75,000 in seed funding is available for workshop and symposium attendees so place these dates on your calendars today!

Three special events this spring will provide more opportunities to build research projects, develop trans-disciplinary project teams and to access seed funding to ignite great ideas. 

This spring we will engage UArizona faculty and external partners in 2 workshops and a symposium focused on how data can support built environment research explore post-pandemic solutions. 

Join us for Virtual Workshop #1 on February 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Virtual Workshop #2 on March 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, and a two-day hybrid Symposium on April 13 & 14, 2021. 

More information will be available at soon.

Tech Launch Arizona is holding an exciting series of discussions over the next four months and I’m hoping you’ll help us get the word out. Developed in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Future Forward (, these talks are designed to encourage innovators from all walks of life – especially women and underrepresented populations – to “claim their seat at the table,” see themselves as inventors, and increase their impact while advancing their careers.

This “Claim Your Seat at the Table” series  seeks to increase diversity in all aspects of our work, and features these interactive discussions:

Session 1 - Linking Your Passion to Impact

November 6, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Your passion drives your research, but does it leave the lab? Learn how your work can create a broader impact.

Session 2 - Thinking Like an Inventor

December 4, 9:00 - 10:00 am

How a researcher and an inventor think may seem different, but they’re more alike than you might imagine. Hear from researchers like you about how to develop your impact mindset.

Session 3 - Choosing Your Favorite Hats       

January 8, 2021 9:00 - 10:00 am

When you wear many hats, it can be challenging to make time for each one. We’ll discuss how to optimize your time and effort.

Session 4 - Make it Happen

February 5, 2021 9:00 - 10:00 am              

From expert advice to funding for inventions to a supportive ecosystem, learn about resources available to turn your passion into impact for a better world.

To register:

TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) invites submissions of original research from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students for consideration in the upcoming Intelligence issue.

Intelligence resides between sensing and acting. Intelligence, through data-driven technology and virtual experimentation, drives the capacity and catalyzes learning, understanding, and applying knowledge through tacit, explicit, haptic, visual, human, and artificial forms. Through this broad understanding, intelligence need not be future-focused. For instance, indigenous science, biomimetics, and the complex intelligence inherent to informal settlements can inform artificial intelligence (AI) through robotic-assisted manufacturing, machine manipulation, and iterative, modification-based approaches in design. While these processes relinquish some agency to machines, they can also establish creative synergy for designers, ultimately enabling more responsive and responsible built environments.

Intelligence seeks current and emerging research on building automation, smart systems, user-driven design optimization, design recommendation tools, deep learning, design optimization, generative design, spatial reasoning, cognitive modeling, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), planning, mixed reality, and ethics that rigorously examine the role intelligence can play in the built environment. Emerging fields related to human-machine interaction (HMI), sensor networks, and knowledge representation use artificial intelligence with augmented reality to engage the built environment across scales and fidelities, from smart cities to intelligent materials, from the experimental to the constructed. As machine learning and smart materials intersect with the architectural practice, designers increasingly use sensors to harvest post-occupancy data on building performance and users. How is this data utilized to improve occupants’ safety and well-being or reduce the impact of buildings on the environment? Through intelligence, architects, planners, and engineers turn to “big data” to address global issues and evaluate the impact their designs have on society.

Intelligence invites research investigating how intelligence expands practice (prototypes and workflows) and redefines design agency—who, what, and why—and contributes to the development of new knowledge. Investigations into surveillance and teleoperation seamlessly weave simulation, calibration, and optimization, impacting users across scales. Used ethically, interdisciplinary research in robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and human cognition can improve design and advance the human condition. However, rapid advances in technology require skepticism and caution, as well as the articulation and integration into our collective behavior to inform new policies, principles, and processes. Intelligence encourages contributions that question how these technologies reframe the efficiency of intelligent design and interrogate its ethical impact in the built environment.

TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) invites original and creative research from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students for consideration in the upcoming Intelligence issue. While contributions focused on the theme of the issue are encouraged, all papers that meet the TAD mission statement will be considered. Manuscripts for the double-blind peer review are due before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 15, 2021, at Manuscript submissions must follow the standards detailed in the TADAuthor Guide.

Due Date:  January 15, 2021



Additional Information or Assistance

For additional information or assistance, please contact Barbara Bryson, Associate Dean for Research, at 520-621-0854.