Seed Grants

Support for projects that explore significant social challenges, employing humanities or transdisciplinary methodologies.


IHR Seed Grants are awarded at individual and team levels to ASU faculty or staff in the humanities (though external scholars are always welcome to participate as consultants). The Seed Grant program is designed to provide support for projects that advance the IHR’s mission of fostering research that addresses or explores significant social challenges in the past, present, and future, employing humanities or transdisciplinary methodologies. The Institute supports projects that demonstrate intellectual merit, potential impact on scholarship, and strong prospects of receiving external funding. Seed Grants fund 12 months of work at two levels: individual (up to $5,000) and team ($9,000).

Seed Grant application deadline:

October 4th, 2019

Application guidelines 

Application form 

What are some possible outcomes?

  • Conferences, symposia
  • Invited guest scholars
  • Publications
  • External grant support
  • Public engagement


What types of projects are funded? 

  • All time periods: historic to contemporary
  • Unlimited geographic locations: global to local
  • Significant humanistic work as well as work at disciplinary intersections: humanities + science, art, health, technology, etc.
  • Enhanced access to scholarly resources 
  • Team-based and single-PI research 

Seed Grant Projects

A Metrical Search Engine for Poetry in Ancient Greek

Over the past few decades, humanities research has been revolutionized by the possibilities of searching through a large corpus of texts. Ancient Greek literature in particular has an excellent corpus and search tool in the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, which can search for combinations of letters or words.

Audio Attunements for Desert Living

Scholars and practitioners of various backgrounds have banded together to imagine how habits, myths, and ritualistic practices of the desert Southwest might be reimagined for the urban desert’s uncertain future. The project uses sensory experience to reconfigure our relationship to cultural practices and to build a new bodily architecture for dwelling. Audio Attunements is an immersive audio experience of the desert buttressed by humanities and arts research.

Biography of a Sound — Prince, Place and the Hidden History of the Minneapolis Sound

"Biography of a Sound" is a multi-format (print and virtual reality) musical and historical geography of Minneapolis and its music scene from the middle part of the 19th century through the late 1980s. Using archival information and field recordings, this project uncovers the social, spatial and musical antecedents of the music Prince made famous.


Black American Podcast Archive

While much attention has been devoted to Twitter’s role in the emergence and continuation for The Movement for Black Lives, podcasts have been largely ignored. Black podcasts contain first-hand accounts from Ferguson and Baltimore, interviews with activists and protestors, and a wealth of diverse opinions and analysis that will serve as vital historical resources for those wishing to understand the racial politics of the early 21st century.

Crossing Through: What Threshold Concepts Can Tell Us about Disciplinary Identity Formation

This project is an exploratory study to examine how threshold concepts (TC) manifest in undergraduate student writing. TC are discipline or discourse community specific, and evolve as individuals learn discursive conventions and develop an identity as part of a specific discipline/community. Using corpus analytics and grounded theory, we will analyze reflective statements within digital portfolios composed by first-year composition students in the Writers’ Studio.


En Tiempos Peligrosos/In Dangerous Times: Digitizing Women's Literary, Charitable and Political Networks from the Spanish Civil War to the Cold War

This online archive features more than 200 previously hidden, uncatalogued letters and photographs that reveal the friendship between the 20th century’s three most influential Spanish-speaking women.

VAST: Creating Virtual Archives for Scholarship and Training

While many acknowledge the potential digital tools and digitization have to increase access to information, archives and historical societies often lack the funds and people power needed for such efforts. At the same time, academic programs looking to broaden access to higher education face challenges of a different sort—how to create authentic “hands on” learning experiences for online students. Our project addresses these challenges by combining them. We partner with the National Susan B.

Foundations of Resilience: Libraries as Critical Infrastructure for Disaster Response and Readiness

How do we prepare for plausible futures that we cannot envision?

Jewish Latin America: New Cinematic Horizons

This research informs part of a larger book project: Jewish Latin America: New Cinematic Horizons. In particular, this project investigates Argentine film industry practices, Jewish film festivals and their role in the proliferation of Jewish themed film. It is also documenting the significant diasporic Jewish communities that have “returned” to Israel, and their representation within that industry. Some of the larger questions that will drive this research will be a discussion of films with incidental Judaism vs. films that act to translate the culture to the national audience.

Domestic Boundaries: Marriage and Immigration Law in U.S. History

Although many regard the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 as the first law that emphasized marriage and family reunification priorities in immigration, this project demonstrates that marriage has always played a pivotal yet overlooked role in the formation of American immigration policy. It highlights the various historical actors - men and women, state agents and civilians, citizens and immigrants - who negotiated ideas about and performance of marriage at our nation's borders.