The SOM Foundation Research Prize comprises two $40,000 grants that are designed to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that address the critical issues of our time. The SOM Research Prize is awarded to faculty-led interdisciplinary teams that address a topic identified on an annual basis by the Foundation Board. The SOM Research Prize is an evolution of the former SOM Prize and SOM Travel Fellowship programs.
The SOM Foundation Research Prize is open to applicants currently teaching at US schools with accredited Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, or Urban Design. Applications must include a faculty member who will lead an advanced level studio course as a part of the research. The principal investigator(s) will be expected to work in a collaborative manner with faculty or leading professionals from other disciplines and students to pursue a research question inspired by the SOM Foundation Topic. The SOM Foundation Research Prize is intended to support new and ongoing research by faculty and students with the goal of providing conclusive findings about the topic at hand.