LOS ANGELES — The International Design Awards (IDA) and European Product Design Awards programs are introducing four COVID-19 Design Innovation Grants worth over $14,000 to encourage designers around the world to find new design solutions to combat the pandemic.
The IDA will be awarding grants in four categories:
- $5,000 Grant for collaboration between Architecture and Interior Design. This grant will be awarded for an innovative solution for an in-home isolation pod that would allow those with COVID-19 symptoms and others to safely co-habit without transmitting the virus.
- $5,000 Grant for Product Design. Product designers are invited to design ventilators or other life-saving equipment that can be produced at a cost of less than $1,000. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to produce the prototype.
- $2,000 Grant for Graphic Design.
- $2,000 Grant for Fashion Design.
To submit projects for this grant, designers are directed to the IDA website, www.idesignawards.com.
The entry deadline is May 15, 2020.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for creatives and designers,” said IDA’s founder and president Hossein Farmani, in a statement.
“But it also provides a unique opportunity to come together as a community and use our talents and skills to make a positive impact. To this end we are launching this grant, in collaboration with our sister award, the European Product Design Awards, to support the global fight to stop the spread of this virus and save lives.”