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Michael Brill Grant
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Applications for the 2019 Michael Brill Grant in Urban Communications and Design Behavior will open soon

Michael BrillThe goal of this grant program is to encourage innovative research projects that provide a bridge between the fields of communication and environmental design. This grant supports new research or research in progress.

Named in honor of Michael Brill, architect and long-time EDRA member, for his leadership in work place environments and communication, this grant is funded by the Urban Communication Foundation and administered in conjunction with EDRA.

Urban Communication Foundation

Amount of Award: $2,500 per grant


Eligible participants must be EDRA members to apply for and receive this grant.

Application Requirements

Each complete application should include:

  • A statement or research proposal in no more than two pages describing the nature and significance of the project in relatively non-technical terms, anticipated schedule (expected completion time); plans for dissemination of the project results, and a budget,
  • An appendix of up to two pages for bibliography, photos, figures, etc. may be included,
  • A copy of the applicant’s current CV or resume.

Criteria for evaluating proposals include

  • Clarity of statement of the issue/topic/theory being investigated
  • Level of originality/innovation in problem, approach, research method or analysis
  • How ‘communicative behavior’ plays a part in shaping the physical environment, or, how the environment impacts communicative behavior
  • The role of the physical setting in the research
  • The methods proposed, to address the question/topic
  • Identification of 3-5 most relevant citations for the research
  • Budget: Identification of how funds will be used (what proportion, for what activity)
  • How the applicant’s CV ‘fits’ with the work proposed

Submit an Application

Past Winners

2018 Winner
The 2018 Michael Brill Grant was given to Miyoung Hong and Kevin Real for the project titled Understanding Communication and Patient Care Delivery in Two Different Outpatient Clinic Designs: A Comparison of Onstage/Offstage and Linear Modules.

2017 Winner
The 2017 Michael Brill Grant was given to Georgia Lindsay, for her project titled Communicating Sustainability in the Green Science Museum.

2016 Winner
The 2016 Michael Brill Grant was given to Nastaran Tabyanian, Pennsylvania State University, for her project titled Developing an Online Platform for Participatory Resilient Urban Landscape Design.

2015 Winners
The 2015 Michael Brill Grant was given to Seunghae Lee and Paul Platosh of Oregon State University for their work titled Wayfinding and Augmented Reality.


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