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Research Opportunities


SOM Foundation 2020 Research Prize 

The SOM Foundation Research Prize comprises two $40,000 grants that are designed to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that address the critical issues of our time. The SOM Research Prize is awarded to faculty-led interdisciplinary teams that address a topic identified on an annual basis by the Foundation Board. The topic this year is "Examining Social Justice in Urban Contexts.” The SOM Foundation Research Prize is open to applicants currently teaching at US schools with accredited Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, or Urban Design.

Application requirements:

Deadline: November 16, 2020

American Fellowships

The American Fellowship program began in 1888, a time when women were discouraged from pursuing an education. It is AAUW’s largest fellowship program and the oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States.

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

There are three types of American Fellowship opportunities:




For questions or technical support, please email

Funding: $6,000–$30,000
Opens: August 1
Deadline: November 1

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 

Quadratec Cares 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program

Starting this year we are taking our love for all things environmental and asking you - or your organization - to tell us why you feel you'd make a great fit for our grant program. We are offering two $3,500 environmental grants per year – one each in the spring and fall – to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit our environment.

Some examples of this would be:

  • Trail building or restoration projects
  • Park beautification events
  • Litter prevention initiatives
  • Earth Study missions
  • Sustainable Land Management activities
  • Community environmental educational projects
  • Youth educational engagement events

Interested individuals or groups should submit a 1000-1600 word essay to that paints a picture of who you or your organization are, what drives and inspires you or your organization, what you or the organization are looking to accomplish, and how you plan to apply our grant to your project.

Please submit your essay as a PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration.


All essays must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30th to be considered for the fall grant, and 11:59 p.m. EST October 30th for the spring grant. Each winner will be notified within 20 days following the end of each grant's submission window.

The recipient or organization will receive a one-time $3,500 payment to be used exclusively towards stated project. Only one grant will be awarded per individual or organization per year. Grant funds are not transferable to other individuals or groups, nor are they renewable. However, previous winners may apply for a new grant once one calendar year elapses.

The recipients of each Quadratec Cares 'Energize The Environment' Grant will be asked to issue a receipt for the grant. We may also ask for photos of the project and create press releases or blog articles, etc. as appropriate. We may ask that a Quadratec banner, or other materials, be displayed during the project - if applicable.

Who Is Eligible?

Any individual, group, or organization in the United States who has a love for all things environmental, and has an idea or event designed to help improve our environment, is eligible. Any questions or clarification on what constitutes eligibility can be emailed to

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Quadratec Cares 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program Goals

Quadratec recognizes that our position as a leading aftermarket supplier for 4x4 vehicles – such as Jeeps – also gives us a responsibility to help support enthusiasts working towards improving our environment. By doing so, we believe all of us can positively influence a new generation of outdoor lovers, help keep our recreational facilities and trails free of litter, and promote a better understanding of what makes our environmental world tick.

About Quadratec

Since 1990, Quadratec has proudly provided the best parts and Jeep accessories available, while giving back to our community through individual, group and event sponsorships - such as our highly anticipated Jeep BBQ in Moab, Utah during the Easter Jeep Safari. Our company is comprised of Jeep enthusiasts use the products we sell and value the Jeep culture. And we all operate under one defining principle: Provide the highest level of service and top quality products to all our customers - every single day.

Quadratec is headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, PA with an office and warehouse that allows us to exceed our customer’s needs.

By submitting an entry to Quadratec’s 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program, you transfer all rights and ownership of submitted content to Quadratec, regardless of whether your entry is selected as a winner. Quadratec reserves the right to publish portions of submitted work at the conclusion of the entry period. Selections of winning submissions are entirely at the discretion of Quadratec's carefully-selected grant panel. Winner(s) will be contacted by Quadratec via the email address used for submission. If only five or less eligible entries are received by the grant submission date, Quadratec reserves the right to cancel the Quadratec 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program for that period. 

More information at 

Deadline: October 30

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture - Design/Muschenheim Fellowship

The Muschenheim Fellowship offers design instructors early in their career the opportunity to develop a body of work in the context of teaching. Muschenheim fellows play a significant role in the definition of studio culture while pursuing their own creative endeavors. Proposals for the Muschenheim Fellowship focus upon the development of a specific project individually or with students, outside of teaching or center upon a particular set of pedagogical themes to be engaged in the studio context.

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture - Fishman Fellowship

The Fishman Fellowship is a one-year teaching and research opportunity for leading early-career scholars and practitioners to generate the knowledge and capacity to improve urban futures. Fellows spend one year in residence and teach three classes related to their area of interest, in addition to pursuing their fellowship interest. Opportunities exist for fellows to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context and to share the outcome of their fellowship project with the college. Resources are provided for the development and execution of a project that may take the form of a publication, exhibition, or symposium. The fellowship is open to scholars and practitioners who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree in planning, architecture, urban history, urban design, or a related field, and who aspire to shape urban thinking and practice.

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture - Project/Oberdick Fellowship

The Oberdick Project Fellowship facilitates the development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspect of architectural speculation and production. Fellows are provided with resources for the execution of a project that may take the form of an exhibit, publication, installation, or any other material construction. Projects may range from the exploration of emergent building, fabrication, and environmental technologies to the realization of architectural works and endeavors typically unsupported within conventional models of practice.

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture - Research/Sanders Fellowship

The Sanders Fellowship supports individuals with significant, compelling and timely research dealing with architectural issues. Research could dwell within architectural, urban, landscape, or cultural history or theory; architectural or environmental technology; or design studies. These agendas could emerge from recently-completed doctoral dissertations or other intense and rigorous research format. The fellowship will support both research and the development of research-related curriculum.

Deadline: December 15, 2020

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Urban Land Institute - J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

The ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development is the most prestigious and respected award in the land use planning and development community. It encourages developers, redevelopment planners, and community leaders to think more deeply about how urban development affects our quality of life and helps to build the spirit of community and of neighborhood. Nominees are not limited to a specific discipline and may include developers, public officials, academics, writers, journalists, researchers, urban planners, and architects, among others.

Minimum Award: $100,000

Deadline: December 31, 2020

More information can be found at

Harvard University - Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research

The Charles Bullard fellowship program supports advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law. Research areas include, for example, forest ecology, tree physiology, forest soils, forest resource management, conservation and biodiversity issues, environmental policy, industrial ecological issues and management processes, forest land planning and public policy. Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in academia, public service, or in the private sector. Fellowships are typically 9 months, and can be no less than 6 months and no greater than 12 months in duration.

Minimum Award: $60,000

Deadline: December 9, 2020

More information can be found at

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

American Alliance of Museums - Sustainability Excellence Awards

The Sustainability Excellence Awards is a signature program of the Environment and Climate Network that educates, facilitates, and encourages green practices in museums. Started in 2014, the award recognizes sustainability efforts in facilities, programming, and exhibits in both large and small institutions. There is an entry fee.

Deadline: December 15, 2020

More information available 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

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Conference Opportunities, Workshops and Calls for Papers

Created in 2020, the Robert L. Wesley Award supports BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the US. The award aims to support the academic development of the student. In 2020, the Robert L. Wesley Award will provide three $10,000 unrestricted awards. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first Black partner at SOM.

Application requirements:

Deadline: November 9, 2020

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


The Architecture Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) is soliciting applications for three awards:

ARCC Research Incentive Award

The award aims to support and promote high‐quality architectural research and scholarship activities in ARCC member schools. The program provides faculty in ARCC member schools with the resources needed to support and enhance their research and creative activities and to develop their research agendas. The program invites proposals from all areas of architectural research. Detailed submission guidelines can be found here. Nomination Instructions.

ARCC Dissertation Award
The ARCC Dissertation Award is offered for the best dissertation by a doctoral student from a member school. The award is intended to honor significant new research in architecture and environmental design and to recognize the achievement of an emerging scholar. Nomination instructions.

ARCC New Researcher Award
The ARCC New Researcher Award is offered to a member of an ARCC institution to recognize and reward emerging figures in architectural and environmental design research who demonstrate innovation in thinking, dedication in scholarship, contributions to the academy, and leadership within architectural and environmental design research. Nomination instructions.

Grant Period and Timeline: 

The performance period for the 2021 ARCC Incentive Award is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The following timeline will apply: 

  • −  August 15, 2020 – Request for Proposals (RFP) announced 
  • −  October 15, 2020 Applications due by email to Ming Hu at
  • −  December 15, 2020 – Award recipient(s) announced 
  • −  January 1, 2021 – Award performance period begins 
  • −  June 1, 2021 – Interim project progress report due 
  • −  December 31, 2021 – Grant performance period ends 
  • −  January 31, 2022– Final project report due 

Additional Information or Assistance

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