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

Speaker Series for the Proposed Institute of American Ideas and Institutions

As part of a larger grant initiative to raise funds to establish the ASU Institute for American Ideas and Institutions, I propose to fund a speakers series for AY2005-06 to bring prominent speakers to make presentations and hold discussions with Institute faculty on various aspects of American ideas and institutions, including the way in which various institutions reflect, foster, or challenge various American values and the ways in which policy initiatives fulfill or compromise the promises inherent in those values, variously defined.

Systems bioethics: A 'second generation' approach to biology, society, and human values

Systems bioethics aims to develop and pose significant bioethical questions about the interactive relations among biology, society, and human value systems, and then to elucidate policy-relevant and scientifically influential answers to these questions by bringing to bear analytical tools from bioethics, the philosophy of biology, and other disciplines as required.  An initial example to be explored in detail is the domain of brain science, in relation to neurogenetics, neurogenomics, neural cell transfer, and neural interface research.

Cultural/Historical Landscapes of Grand Canyon National Park

This interdisciplinary, multi-pronged research project will assess and map the evolving cultural landscapes of Grand Canyon National Park, and then develop educational programs, interactive digital visualizations of historic sites, policy papers on historic preservation and interpretation for the park, and multidisciplinary scholarly publications summarizing our research results.