Apply for a Grant

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAHF) awards annual research grants each fall and supports research to enhance environments for health and healthcare. Grant proposals are due on October 7th 2019.

For more information, please contact our Research Chair, Erin Peavey, at

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Research Grant Funding

The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAHF) has allocated $30,000 for a single research grant in the FY 2019-2020 program. Favorable consideration will be given to proposals that include committed budgetary match and/or other financial support. Funds will be disbursed incrementally, with 50% of the awarded funds issued upon contract for the research, an additional 25% following the mid-point review and the final 25% upon completion to be released upon receipt of requisite deliverables.

The Foundation is seeking proposals on all areas related to advancing healthcare environments, and especially proposals focusing on the following areas:

  1. Healthcare Guidelines Validation– Investigating an aspect of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s (FGI’s) recommendations to determine the impact of that aspect on important health and financial outcomes (e.g., safety, patient health, staff retention, injuries, business case) that currently lack research backing. Coordination with FGI is recommended. 
  2. Integration of Big Data related to Outcomes– Developing and/or thoughtfully implementing standard tools and approaches to examine the connection between patient health outcomes, financial outcomes, patient satisfaction (e.g., CAHPS) and other measures of success in a healthcare or health setting. Emphasis should be on measures that are routinely-collected to create a feedback loop to enhance the effectiveness of healthcare design.
  3. Environments for Aging – Examining how to better design spaces for an aging population throughout healthcare settings and understanding how an aging population is impacting design for safety, therapeutic care effectiveness, patient outcomes, staff outcomes and business case.
  4. Environments that Serve Patients with Mental and Behavioral Health Challenges – Examining the effects of design on safety, therapeutic care effectiveness, patient outcomes, staff outcomes and business case.
  5. Environment and Perception Tool Validation– The creation and/or validation of instruments for evaluating the built environment and how it impacts outcomes (e.g., safety, evaluation of efficiency, staff perception of the environment, noise). Ideally, these tools will be open source and/or draw on existing data that facilities currently collect.

The Foundation is open to consideration of other proposal topics germane to advancing healthcare architecture and environments for health. Only research that takes place in the United States, at least in part, and has at least one principal investigator in the United States, will be considered.

Application and Schedule

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, October 7, 2019.

A team designated by the Board of Trustees will review applications. The application review team will recommend selected projects for approval to the Board. The Board of Trustees will announce the successful applicant(s) on or before Monday, December 16, 2019.

In the event the Board needs additional time to review the proposals, the AAHF will make every effort to communicate with the project contact person(s) for each submitted proposal via email and will provide information regarding the length of the delay and when applicants should reasonably expect a funding decision.


AAHF evaluates proposals that directly address the Mission of the AAHF. AAHF seeks proposals that are well conceived and demonstrate sound research methodology.

Specifically, AAHF seeks proposals that:

  • Propose outcomes supportive of the mission of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation.
  • Present a research design and methodology that can answer proposed research questions.
  • Demonstrate that the research team is knowledgeable on the research topic and qualified to complete a high quality research project.
  • Include matched funds or in-kind contributions to strengthen the feasibility of conducting the research and completing it within the contracted time line.
  • Relate to the practice of healthcare architecture or the creation of healthcare environments.

Application Submittal

Applications shall be submitted electronically as Adobe PDF files to, to be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday, October 7st, 2019.

AAHF Research & Grants Committee includes Erin Peavey and Sheila Elijah-Barnwell.

Questions regarding the submission can be sent to:

Erin Peavey

Chair, AAHF Research & Grants Committee