Grant applications open

Applications for grants to support a wide range of design and architecture research projects are now open until 19 September 2022.

The Alastair Swayn Foundation is offering the grants in an effort to nurture and support individuals, groups and organisations that promote the advancement of design and architecture through research, education and exhibition.

Grants available range from $5,000 to $15,000 which may be of particular interest to students, young professionals, academics and small businesses.

The Alastair Swayn International Research grant $15,000 provides an opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research in the applicant’s chosen field. Proposals must demonstrate a benefit to Australia’s design and architecture industries. The applicant must also show a willingness to openly share the research findings with the Australian community.

Design Strategy Grants of $10,000 support research into specific areas, which the Alastair Swayn Foundation has identified as priorities for design and architecture. These are to focus support for innovation and research on significant challenges facing design and architecture in Australia.

The Design Thinking Grants of $5,000 are awarded to successful applicants so they can conduct research into design and architecture that aligns with one or more of the Foundation’s Guiding Principles.

There are five principles: Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration, Progress, and Leadership. In a nutshell, the Foundation is encouraging grant applications that are focused on design and architecture, that emphasis research and promote education, demonstrate vision and innovation, and which have the potential for further development and long-term outcomes.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.