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EDRA CORE

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About CORE

The Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) is a professional certification that recognizes and celebrates exceptional, rigorous, and impactful practice-based environmental design research studies. CORE affords design research professionals in any industry sector the opportunity to be at the forefront of environmental design research, showcase the proficiency of their work, provide lasting value to clients, and advance the industry with rigorous and impactful design research.

CORE is committed to excellence and aims to challenge applicants—and the industry—to find inventive and interesting ways to conduct and apply research in practice. Whether by way of an innovative tool or methodology, new techniques for analysis or means of disseminating a study’s findings, CORE aspires for design researchers to push the boundaries of professional practice

Applications to CORE undergo a rigorous, double-blind review by an interdisciplinary panel of experts. Each application is scored on its own merit against the CORE evaluation criteria, which are based on two main dimensions: (1) Research Rigor—the use of recognized scientific approaches (research design, tools, and data collection) and techniques to produce valid results (data analysis and finding interpretation), and (2) Research Value—the study’s actual (or potential future) impact on the design industry and project stakeholders. There is no limit on the number of applications you may submit.

Minimum Requirements

To apply for CORE certification, the design research study must have:

  • Been applied to or based on a real-world design project(s) or ongoing design program/effort;
  • Considered the relationship between identified human and environmental variables;
  • Included an interdisciplinary team of designers and researchers;
  • Been completed in full — i.e., not only has data been collected and analyzed, but also the findings have been determined, documented, and shared;
  • Been completed within the last two years (since Fall 2016); and
  • Gone through the process of review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), if the study involved human subjects (though it may have been deemed exempt, and studies that have not gone through IRB can provide justification).

How to Apply

  1. Download and read the 2019 CORE Application Brochure for full details about the CORE program and application process, including the application form questions that can be used to prepare an application offline.
  2. Click the “APPLY TO CORE” button on this webpage (available October 10, 2018, through December 10, 2018). This will direct you to the online application portal website.
  3. Once in the online application portal, you will need to make payment and provide your answers to the application form questions.

Apply to CORE

Cost to Apply

The cost to apply is $250 per application. If you plan to submit more than one application to CORE, you must complete a separate application form and provide payment for each design research study being submitted.

Key Dates

October 10, 2018

2019 CORE online application portal opens

December 10, 2018
11:59 PM CST

Deadline to apply – 2019 CORE online application portal closes

March 2019

Results notifications sent to applicants

April 2019

2019 CORE certified studies and panel of Reviewers publicly announced

May 22-26, 2019, EDRA50 Brooklyn

2019 CORE Recognition Ceremony and presentation opportunity

Questions?

Check out CORE’s Frequently Asked Questions. For additional assistance regarding the CORE program and/or the application process, please contact EDRA Headquarters at headquarters@edra.org. If you need technical help with the online application portal, you can contact Confex technical support or call (401) 334-0220 Monday through Friday 8:30am-6:00pm Eastern Time.

Past Certifications

View 2018 Recipients

View 2017 Recipients

View 2016 Recipients

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Email: headquarters@edra.org

 

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