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).

Applications due April 2nd, 2018

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

Mapping History Project: Stories of the Southwest

The Mapping History Project animates Indigenous and Latin history within the larger Southwest, from the early 16th century through modern times. The Arizona State University School of Transborder Studies (STS) and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) have partnered to develop a prototype website to host dynamic and interactive digital stories.

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.


Piloting DAHA: The Digital Archive of Hohokam Archaeology

This IHR Seed Grant will initiate development of the Digital Archive of Hohokam Archaeology (DAHA), a comprehensive scholarly archive that will allow archaeologists to address compelling historical challenges with 21st century computational approaches. The enormously enhanced scholarly access to 1,600 major reports in DAHA will transform our ability to answer key questions about Hohokam society, which is known for its enormous irrigation systems and large, sustainable towns. Furthermore, it will serve as model for similar archives devoted to different cultures, periods, or regions.

Stepping Forward: Walking between Art and Thought

Museum of Walking (MoW) is a socially engaged project founded in 2014 by artists Angela Ellsworth and Steven J. Yazzie. MoW is located in the 10’ x 12’ office of Professor Ellsworth on the ASU campus. The project considers walking as an expansive relational activity associated with art, science, philosophy, health, ecology, activism, and sustainability. MoW is a dynamic educational and social resource committed to the act of walking as an agent for change as well as contemplation. The museum’s interest in walking relates to the historical, cultural, and political sites that impact bodies.

Vibrant Lives and Data Archives

Vibrant Lives and Data Archives proposes to juxtapose “human” and “artifactual” metadata as a real-time experience of data production to educate audiences about the torrents of data we produce in our everyday lives and to raise questions about how we value persons, art objects, and information. Our team of scholar-artists embody expertise in media studies, digital humanities, data/information capture, digital privacy and information security, improvisational dance, movement and wearable technology, and feminist performance.

Building bridges from humanities to industry: An investigation of job advertisements in professional writing careers

This project seeks to better articulate the value of a humanities education to those outside our classrooms, including employers. A first step in this process is to better understand the knowledge and skills employers are looking for in new graduates who enter the writing workforce.

Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja Newsletter: Digitization, Access and Content

The Carlos Montezuma Wassaja Newsletter: Digitization, Access and Context project will produce a digital collection and exhibition containing several volumes of a newsletter, Wassaja, that Yavapai intellectual and activist Carlos Montezuma, MD (1866-1923) self-published during the years 1916-1922. Wassaja, which took Montezuma’s Yavapai birth name, meaning “signaling” or “beckoning,” was a vital source of news about Indian affairs in an era that had few outlets for such information and contains valuable reports directly from people living within the Indian reservation system.