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EDRA’s Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) is devoted to recognizing and celebrating exceptional environmental design research as applied to design projects. Under this program, CORE certificates are issued to rigorous and impactful practice-based design research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design.
Practitioners who conduct research as part of their work have much the same interest as academic researchers in receiving validation and credit for the quality of their research efforts. While academics need this recognition in order to advance their careers and to enhance their credibility when applying for grants and other awards, similar recognition for design practitioners can be useful for enhancing their resumes as well as for marketing purposes.
Currently, the credibility of academic research is judged on the basis of well-established protocols and peer-review processes generally associated with the publication of scholarly articles describing their research. However, this means of recognition is not normally available to design professionals, who tend to be focused on project delivery and business, and are less likely to prepare formal scientific reports.The response to this situation, developed by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), is the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) program. CORE is a structured evaluation program based on criteria — applied by trained experts — to confirm the quality of practice-based research.
EDRA CORE's unique evaluation framework
2018 marks the third of three pilot years devoted to developing this new program. The CORE framework will evolve based on the applications received and feedback from members of the application review committee.
Who Should Apply and Why
If you have completed a significant practice-based research project in the last two years and share EDRA’s commitment to advancing design research, you should apply to CORE as a way to show how your design research effort is making a real impact on design.
Here is what past CORE recipients are saying on the benefits of CORE recognition:
How to Apply & Fees
The 2018 CORE application process will take place entirely online. Organizations/firms or individuals wishing to submit their project(s) for evaluation can do so through our online application portal. Note: applications that are mailed or e-mailed will not be accepted. There is no limit on the number of applications you may submit.
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The application fee is $250 (USD) per submission. When you access the online application portal, you will be prompted with a 'Payment' step where you will be redirected to the EDRA Store. A confirmation number will be provided after payment, which should be entered on the “Payment” step of your online application. Note: in order for an application to receive an evaluation, the application fee for the submitted project must be received. Initial notifications will be shared in early 2018.
In addition to the standard process of rigorous blind review by an interdisciplinary panel of experts, the 2018 CORE program will again offer an appeals process. Requests for appeals will be accepted for two weeks after initial results are shared with the applicants.
The fee for an appeal review is $50 (USD) per submission. If an applicant opts for an appeal, the payment will be made at that time via a secure online payment site. Note: in order for an application to receive an appeal evaluation, the appeal review fee for the submitted project must be received.
To be considered for CORE, research projects should meet the minimum program requirements, i.e. the research should:
Each application completed-in-full will receive a rigorous blind review by an interdisciplinary panel of experts, including academic researchers, practice-based researchers, and/or designers. Evaluations are based on two main dimensions:
2018 CORE recipients not only attain recognition of their achievement, but will also receive the following:
In addition, the 2018 CORE program is offering a Recognition Kit, which will allow CORE recipients to customize the manner of recognition they wish to receive. The Recognition Kit options include:
For questions regarding the CORE program, application process, and/or sponsorship, please contact EDRA Headquarters at email@example.com.