The AIA plans to fund one emerging professional’s research focused on budding approaches to the practice of residential architecture among small firms. Sponsored by the association’s Knowledge Community and Small Project Practitioners, the 2012 Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant will award $7,000 for the research equivalent of a 12-week, full-time architectural internship. Undergraduate or graduate students in NAAB-accredited architecture programs, architectural interns pursuing licensure, and architects who have been licensed for fewer than 10 years are eligible to apply; the researcher must be an AIA Associate member or AIAS for the duration of the grant. The research period is scheduled to occur June 4, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2012. For more information, visit The deadline to apply is May 23, and the winner will be announced May 30.