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LAF To Offer LPS Research Grants Up To $22,500

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity to analyze the content of the Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

Since 2010, LAF has sponsored research that evaluates landscape performance to make the case for sustainability through design excellence.  To date, 70 Case Study Briefs hlps-grant-anncmntave been compiled as a free online searchable database of exemplary high-performance landscape projects with quantified benefits.

LAF is now accepting Expressions of Interest from teams or individuals who would assess the metrics and methods for quantifying the benefits employed in current case studies, and make recommendations to improve the techniques used in future cases. Grantees will produce two significant documents: a guide to the case studies and their associated benefits, and an evaluation of the metrics and methods for assessing landscape performance. Researchers will be invited to present their findings at the annual CELA conference.

Expressions of Interest are to provide team qualifications and examples of related work, and address project intent, objectives, scope, project significance, and research design methods. A project plan is to be proposed that includes a timeline and the expected outcomes. EOIs are not exceed 1,200 words. EOIs will be evaluated for relevant experience, and clarity of stated goals, outcomes and timeline of project milestones that allows adequate review of interim products by LAF. Origniality, technical merit, effectiveness, and project feasibility will also be considered.

For details, please reference the full announcement here. Submit EOIs by email to Linda Ashby at lashby@lafoundation.org by December 15, 2012. Up to six successful applicants will be invited by December 31 to submit detailed proposals (which will be due January 31, 2013).  Grantees will be announced in February 2013.

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