Building Science External Grant

GFO-22-501 – Advancing Window Retrofits and Reducing Fireplace Air Leaks to Improve Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

Deadline: December 9, 2022 11:59 pm

Source: California Energy Commission

Description: The purpose of this solicitation is to fund energy efficiency research to advance high-performance windows in existing commercial buildings and reduce air and energy leakage in existing residential wood-burning and gas fireplaces.  Addressing envelope retrofits in existing buildings to improve energy efficiency results in greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and is necessary to help California meet its decarbonization goals. The goal of this solicitation is to reduce GHG emissions by reducing energy use for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The solicitation has two funding groups: Group 1 – High-Performance Window Retrofits for Commercial Buildings; and Group 2 – Strategies to Reduce Fireplace Air Leaks in Residential Buildings. 

Award: Group 1: $1.2M – 2.4M; Group 2: $200,000 – $238,222.

Eligibility: Solicitation is open to all public and private entities. See website for full eligibility details.

Deadline: 11:59 pm PST, Dec. 9, 2022

External Grant Landscape Architecture

Deb Mitchell Research Grant

Deadline: December 1, 2022 12:00 am

Source: Landscape Architecture Foundation

Description: The LAF Research Grant in honor of Deb Mitchell supports research projects that are relevant and impactful for the professional practice of landscape architecture. One grant will be awarded to support a research project that can be completed in a 12-18 month period that begins in summer or fall of 2023. The research must generate knowledge and insights relevant to the practice of design in order to increase landscape architecture’s capacity and impact.

Award: $25,000 

Eligibility: PI must be trained as a landscape architect and currently engaged in the field of landscape architecture as a researcher, educator, professional practitioner, or in some other capacity.

Deadline: Pre-proposals due Dec. 1, 2022; shortlisted candidates submit full proposal by March 1, 2023

Architecture Building Science Competition External Landscape Architecture Urbanism

2022 SOM Foundation Research Prize

Deadline: December 5, 2022 3:00 pm

Source: SOM Foundation

Description: Intended to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time. Each year, two prizes are awarded to faculty-led interdisciplinary teams based in the United States to conduct original research that contributes to the SOM Foundation’s current topic. This year’s topic is a prompt to investigate the impact that air has in our world, from the unequal way pollution affects communities to the way it shapes spatial conditions and material innovations. How can air be considered while exploring new architectural environments, structural solutions, ecological strategies, and urban policies? See website for more info.

Award: $40,000 (two prizes awarded)

Eligibility: Open to faculty currently teaching at a professionally accredited bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or PhD program in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban design, or engineering in the United States. The research must be developed in a studio and/or seminar within the academic institution. The lead faculty member(s) will be expected to work in a collaborative manner with faculty from other disciplines, leading professionals, nonprofit organizations, and/or community representatives in addition to students enrolled in the studio and/or seminar. Collaborator(s) can be based worldwide. SOM Foundation affiliated members and SOM employees should not be included as part of the proposals. Faculty from previously awarded proposals are not eligible. 

Deadline: 5 pm CST, Dec. 5, 2022

All Disciplines External Grant

NEH Public Scholars

Deadline: November 30, 2022 12:00 am

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Description: The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. The program is intended both to encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books and to encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers.  

Award: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Eligibility: Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2022

Architecture Competition External

2023 Forge Prize

Deadline: November 30, 2022 12:00 am

Source: The American Institute of Steel Construction

Description: This competition, established by The American Institute of Steel Construction in 2018, recognizes visionary emerging architects for designs that embrace steel as a primary structural component and capitalize on steel’s ability to increase a project’s speed. See website for more info.

Award: Three finalists will each win $5,000 and work with a steel fabricator before presenting their ideas to the judges–streamed live on YouTube. The winner will receive the $10,000 grand prize and an invitation to present at the Architecture in Steel conference, April 12-14, 2023 in Charlotte, NC.

Eligibility: Open to designers based in the U.S. who are either still obtaining licensure or have been licensed for less than ten years.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2022

Architecture Design Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture Urbanism USC

ASHSS Research & Creative Project Grants

Deadline: January 6, 2023 5:00 pm

Source: USC Office of the Provost

Description: The ASHSS research and creative project grants program promotes the development of innovative and influential scholarly and creative output in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. A faculty member may submit a proposal for an individual research or creative project. Projects in which the applicant’s own scholarly works are secondary, such as conferences or edited volumes, are less likely to be supported.

Award: Up to $25,000.

Eligibility: All USC full-time faculty – tenured, tenure-track, and RTPC – are eligible to apply. Visiting faculty are ineligible. Preference will be given to faculty newly promoted to associate or full professor. Recipients of any ASHSS award or Zumberge award in 2019-2020 or later are ineligible for this year’s competition.

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2023

All Disciplines Fellowship USC

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Sustainability Solutions

Deadline: December 6, 2022 5:00 pm

Source: USC

Description: The University of Southern California (USC) is launching a unique, high-visibility postdoctoral fellowship program as part of Assignment: Earth, the USC campus-wide sustainability framework. The program aims to accelerate sustainability research; train future leaders in academia, government and non-governmental organizations, and industry; and support discovery, evaluation, and implementation of innovative solutions to sustainability problems. This postdoctoral fellowship seeks to advance the capacities of early-career scholars and researchers to conduct interdisciplinary research on sustainability problems. An interdisciplinary and diverse cohort of fellows will address challenges in one or more of the following areas: human health & well-being; infrastructure & the built environment; natural environment & ecosystem services; communications, policy & institutions; and risk analysis & economic impacts. Each fellow will be mentored by two or more USC faculty members from different disciplines. In addition to their primary affiliation with their chosen research groups, each fellow will dedicate ~20% of their time to programmatic activities with their cohort and other members of the campus sustainability community. See website for more info.

Award: The fellowships are typically 2-year appointments, with an anticipated start date between January and August 2023, and the potential of applying for a 3rd year as appropriate. Fellows will receive an annual salary of $75-80k (depending on stage of training), up to $3k for relocation expenses, a competitive benefits package, and $7k per year for research expenses, conference travel, and publication costs.

Eligibility: Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., J.D.) within the previous five years in a relevant field of study prior to the start of the appointment. Applications from any field welcome.  

Deadline: Dec. 6, 2022

All Disciplines External Fellowship

Schwartz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture

Deadline: January 15, 2023 12:00 am

Source: American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Description: The Schwarz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture supports innovative and cross-disciplinary research on architecture, urban planning, and the history of the built environment in Greece from 1821 to the present. Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024 and are expected to participate in the academic life of the School. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Award: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.

Eligibility: Open to practicing architects or researchers of all nationalities who are currently Ph.D. candidates or have received their Ph.D. within the last five years. Fields of study include Architectural Design and Urban Planning, History of Architecture, History of the City, Historical Geography, and related fields. Projects should incorporate the holdings of the Gennadius Library (maps, topographical plans, landscapes, etc.) and other appropriate resources of the School.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2023

All Disciplines External Residency

Stochastic Labs Residency

Source: Stochastic Labs

Description: Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs worldwide.

Award: Residencies are of variable length and include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated workspace, shop access (laser cutter, 3D printer, etc.), a $1,000 monthly stipend, and a budget for materials. Residents become part of Stochastic’s creative community, participating in weekly dinners and invitation events. 

Eligibility: Applicants may be at any stage in their career and may apply as individuals or as teams.

Deadline: rolling

All Disciplines External Fellowship

Mahindra Center Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: November 18, 2022 12:00 am

Source: Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Description: The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for six one-year postdoctoral fellowships on the topic of the environmental humanities, drawn from any humanistic discipline. Environmental humanities is interpreted in the broadest terms to include all parts of the world and historical eras. Topics may include (but are not limited to) humanistic approaches to climate change, biodiversity, social justice, environmental justice, food justice, regenerative practices, gardening, landscape, urban foraging, health, and animal studies.

Award: Fellows will receive stipends of $65,000, medical insurance, additional research support of $2,500, and (for those not already in residence in Greater Boston) $1,500 in moving expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the term of the fellowship.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with the environment and the humanities. Applicants must have received a doctorate or terminal degree in or after May 2020. Applicants without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they have completed all requirements for a terminal degree (i.e. dissertation defense) by August 1, 2023. Scholars from outside the U.S. are appointed under either the J-1 visa (Research Scholar status) or F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training), depending on their circumstances. If awarded a fellowship, the term of appointment for international scholars is September 1, 2023-August 31, 2024.

Deadline: Nov. 18, 2022