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

Embodied Historiography: The Veterans Project

Embodied Historiography: The Veterans Project aims to provide a live forum for ASU veterans of the American military to share their stories with the larger communities of ASU, Tempe, and Phoenix. This synthesis of oral history, performance, and the digital humanities will culminate annually in series of live events to be presented as part of the Salute to Service week at ASU. Each year the project will entail working together with ASU veterans to create and document performances unique to their experiences. By fusing methodologies from oral history and theatre together with new

Yerba Mate: From an Indian Good to a South American Commodity

"Yerba Maté: From an Indian Good to a South American Commodity" is a transdisciplinary study of this caffeinated beverage native to Paraguay. It traces yerba maté’s transition from an Indian good to a daily beverage consumed widely throughout much of the southern cone of South America. It also seeks to answer why tea and coffee replaced yerba maté in the Andes and not in the Río de la Plata region and why yerba maté did not become a viable alternative for such caffeinated beverages outside of this region until the twentieth century.

Happy Place: The Emotional Life of Cities

This project brings together a social psychologist, a cultural geographer, and two artists to interrogate happiness, its forms, meanings, and spatiality by using the methods of affect theory and data-driven art.

Listen - Acoustic Ecologies of the Southwest Deserts Re-Imagined

The Listen project focuses on critical enquiry and interpretative discourse around questions of
how rich media environments can be used to create experiences of being present in remote,
protected landscapes. These experiences seek to engender a deep embodied and individual
enquiry into the criticality of preservation for sustainable long term global well-being. It will
utilize specialist practices in surround sound recording with the intention to deliver immersive,
embodied sonic experiences remotely. The interdisciplinary research will develop a critical

Mapping Affect to Understand and Impede the Reproduction of Violence in Latin America

CLAS Seed Grant     Interpersonal violence is ubiquitous throughout Latin America, and some of the highest levels of violence in the world are found within the region. This violence transcends racial and class barriers, resists advances in legal and human rights protections, and appears not to have reduced (and may even have increased) with the expansion of democracy over the last several decades. As such, understanding and preventing violence and its reproduction has become one of the core questions for Latin America.