2018 Special Projects Grant


"J+J Flooring Group is proud to be a partner to IDEC’s 2018 Special Projects Grant.  We fully embrace initiatives like this competitive award, which support and celebrate design research and contribute to the advancement of the built environment and the interior design profession.”

Keith Gray, J+J Flooring Group Director of Applied Research

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is pleased to announce funding for Special Projects and invites submissions by the membership. Requests for funding up to $3,000.00 will be considered that engage creative, goal-oriented activities of a defined scope and duration benefiting interior design education and/or the profession. Projects must produce tangible results and clearly reinforce the mission and objectives of IDEC. The committee may decide to award some or all of the funds in one category or to split the funds among several 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. 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 and hypothesis 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; or
  • 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 and strategic plan.
  • 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 a completed IRB application (as required by their institution) for human subject research with this application.
  • Budget (see attached)

submit project form 

Following the review, recipients will be notified of their assigned awards at the 2018 IDEC Annual Conference in Boston, MA.  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 (IDEC Grants Chair 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.

Jeanne Diehl-Shaffer
Seminole State College of FL

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