These grant proposals are approved based on engaging 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.
 
2017 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: "Place Attachment in Coworking Environments", Mihyun Kang, Oklahoma State University

2016 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: "TECHNO-SPATIAL ENGAGEMENT: Interior Infrastructures of Technology for the Seniors of Houston's Fifth Ward" Ziad Qureshi, University of Houston
 
2015 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: "Design For Engagement: An Exploratory Case Study of University Makerspaces" Wendy Hynes, Purdue University

2014 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: “ The Impact of Lighting on Children’s On-Task Behavior in the Elementary Education Classroom”  Dr. Marilyn Read, Oregon State University
 
2012 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: “The Multi-Sensory Environment: Designing and Assessing Clinical Treatment Spaces for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” Nam-Kyu Park, University of Florida and Kijeong Jeon, California State University Chico
 
2011 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: “Interior Design Emerging: Humanity, Diversity & Connectivity” Sarah Sherman of Florida International University
 
2010 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: “Phase 1: Development of Teaching Materials for K-12 Teaches/Students; Module Template + Lesson Plans” by Stephanie Clemons and Peggy Harrison of Colorado State University
 
2009 IDEC Special Projects Award Winner: “Way Finding in Healthcare Facilities for the Senior Population” by Seunghee Lee, Purdue University
 
2008 Special Projects Award Winners:  $4,000 “Raison D’etre:  Crafting an Historical Narrative of the Evolution of Interior Design” by Bridget May, Marymount University & John Turpin, Washington State University Spokane
 
2007 Special Projects Award Winners: $4,000 “Reactive Void ” by Joshua Stein & Rob Ley, Woodbury University