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

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.

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.