The IDEC Foundation is pleased to announce funding for Special Projects and invites ‎submissions by the membership. Requests – for funding up to $3,000 – will be considered ‎that engage creative, goal-oriented activities of a defined scope and duration benefiting ‎interior design education and/or the profession. One or two projects may be funded this ‎year. Funded projects must produce tangible results and clearly reinforce the mission, core ‎values, and vision of IDEC. The committee may decide to split the funds among more than ‎two requests.‎


Proposal submissions require the primary participation of an IDEC professional member in ‎good standing. Non-members, associate members, and graduate students may only submit ‎proposals with a professional member. Current and former IDECF Board Members from ‎the last five years are not eligible to apply. Proposals may be generated by the general ‎membership as individuals, networks, committees and regions or by the Board of ‎Directors. Proposals that demonstrate matching or supplemental funds will be given ‎priority.‎

Previous Special Projects recipients are eligible to apply after two years have lapsed, ‎between the ending date of one award and the beginning date of the new award – with ‎successful completion and dissemination of their previous project results.‎


Option I: Research Initiatives:‎
This option includes research projects by individuals or teams. Research Initiatives ‎investigate, study, and/or explore an issue using an articulated methodology, ‎hypotheses/research questions, and a specific avenue of inquiry. Initiatives benefit the ‎discipline through education or practice and contribute to the body of knowledge.‎

Option II: Activities:‎
Option II is for non-research projects that address and expand knowledge and ‎understanding of an issue impacting interior design. Potential activities supported through ‎this option include, but are not limited to symposia, meetings, speakers, workshop, etc.‎

In either category, funding may support outreach efforts for the following:‎

  • Events that bring together diverse constituencies ‎
  • Public-service activities through a project related to health, safety and welfare
  • Contributions to the profession through education
  • Community problem solving that serves as a model demonstrating the public benefits of ‎interior design


Representatives of each IDEC region will review applications. Each submission will be ‎evaluated on the following criteria:‎

  • Quality of idea and written abstract
  • Contribution to interior design education and/or the profession
  • Alignment with IDEC mission, values, and vision
  • Potential for matching or supplemental funds

The special projects application requires the following:‎

  • Proposal abstract (500-word maximum) describing the research initiative or activity
  • For research projects using human subjects, authors must include an IRB ‎application (as required by their institution) for human subject research with ‎this application. The IRB does not need to be approved prior to submitting. ‎
  • Budget
    This is a blind review, any abstract or budget that includes the name of the ‎researchers or institution will be disqualified. ‎

Following the review, recipients will be notified of their assigned awards during the 2022 ‎IDEC Annual Conference. The funding shall be paid to the Grantee(s) in two equal ‎disbursements. The initial payment, half the awarded amount, will be received after the ‎Letter of Agreement has been signed by the appropriate parties (IDECF Executive Vice ‎President and the grantee). Upon approval of the Interim Report, a check will be issued ‎for the remaining funds. Please note that the review decisions are final and review ‎sheets will not be distributed.‎


Contact the IDEC Grants Chair with any questions:
Elif Tural, PhD
Virginia Tech