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The $25,000 grant is for 12 or 18 months, beginning in the summer or fall.


Applicants are welcome from professional practice, academic institutions, and other research organizations. Preference will be given to research teams that represent partnerships between professional practice and academic institutions or research organizations.

At least one of the Principal Investigators must be:

  • Currently engaged in the field of landscape architecture as a researcher, educator, professional practitioner, or in some other capacity.
  • Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture. For those with degrees from colleges/universities in the U.S. and Canada, the landscape architecture program must be LAAB- or LAAC-accredited. For those outside of the U.S. and Canada, in locations where landscape architecture is not a recognized degree or profession, a degree in a related discipline is acceptable, provided that the applicant works or teaches as a landscape architect.
  • Able to communicate in written and spoken English at an advanced/professional level and provide evidence of proficiency.

Current LAF staff, members of the LAF Board of Directors, and members of LAF committees are not eligible. Former staff and former members of the LAF Board of Directors and committees who meet the above requirements are eligible.


Research Projects

Research projects must be relevant and impactful for the professional practice of landscape architecture. The projects must be completed in a 12- to 18-month period.

Proposed research should be related to landscape architecture in one or more of the following areas: sustainability, climate change mitigation or adaptation, resilience, social equity, health and well-being, urbanization, biodiversity, landscape performance, the economic case for sustainable landscapes, design advocacy, design as research, and design innovation.

Applicants will be asked to clearly and concisely state the research question that their proposed research aims to answer. For more guidance on this, consult our How to Develop a Research Question resource page.



Each year, LAF awards one $25,000 grant. The grant period begins in the summer or fall and runs for 12 or 18 months as specified in the proposal and final grant agreement. The grant cannot be renewed.

The award is distributed in three payments, based on mutually agreed-upon deliverables and milestones specified in the grant agreement.

Indirect costs are included in the $25,000 award. LAF will pay a maximum total Facilities & Administrative (F&A) cost rate of 12%. Therefore, for this grant award, the maximum F&A is $2,679 (with total direct costs of $22,321). See LAF’s Indirect Cost Policy.

If the funds are received by an individual or a design firm, the individual or receiving entity is responsible for any tax implications of the award.


Awardee Expectations

Grantees are required to submit quarterly progress reports and maintain regular contact with LAF to discuss any challenges. Deliverables and milestones must be completed/submitted as mutually agreed upon and specified in the grant agreement.



Contact Megan Barnes at mbarnes [at] (mbarnes[at]lafoundation[dot]org)

LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell
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LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.