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

19th-Century Replica/Replication across Science, Culture, Media, and History

In this study of the transdisciplinary 19th-century concept of replica/replication across disciplines (science, art, literature, journalism, history, manufacturing), we analyze this concept historically and as a prehistory of later replication technologies in the current contexts of the intersection of digital, physical and biological investigations of replicas and replications, such as synthetic life. We request funds to support a brown bag series, create multidisciplinary databases of replicas in the 19th century across disciplines and provide means for travel to UK archives and museums.

Experiencing Climate as Place and Atmosphere

The concepts of atmosphere and place denote both concrete material-geographical domains and dimensions of experience modulated by architecture, technology, politics, history and social practice. One has a 'sense of place;' a room has ambience, a community is charged with a revolutionary atmosphere. In the context of contemporary concerns about climate change and environmental damage, the atmosphere itself is also a social, aesthetic and political space.

Never Again is not Enough:Researching and Representing Genocide Comparatively

Can we compare genocides without offering shallow parallels or establishing hierarchies of suffering? Can we learn from different memory cultures of these atrocities, even as some go against our idealized self-perceptions as Americans? We seek to outline comparative themes present in the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Native American experience. These comparative themes can be the framework for comparison in research and – with the help of digital tools already developed – in teaching.

Team Science Summit 2015

Today's larger, multidisciplinary research teams pose new challenges of science communication, culture and incentives. While the nascent Science of Team Science (SciTS) community examines the structural, cognitive and epistemological barriers that collaborative research teams face, this project positions the Humanities at the core of emerging approaches for understanding large scientific enterprises. This proposal brings together leaders in the Humanities, Organizational Communication and Team Science to shape the agenda of SciTS from a humanities perspective.

Toward a Digital Henry James

One of the most prolific and influential writers in American history, Henry James lacks a sufficiently rigorous and sustainable online archive. “Toward a Digital Henry James” will bring together James scholars and digital humanists to brainstorm goals and methodologies for remedying this situation by shaping Henry James’s online future.