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

Restoring and Re-Storying the Hidden Cultural Landscape of the Colorado River Basin

Profs. Collins, Drum, Rowe, and Margolis will create an “augmented reality” geographic information system (GIS) that explores hidden dimensions of the Colorado River Basin. By capturing subjective experiences of this important watershed as well as by compiling local knowledge of it, they intend to “re-story” or reconfigure the identity of the Basin in order to sustain cultural practices connected to it.

Austere Borderlands: Recession, Migration, and Contested Means of Belonging in the E.U.

This project proposes to conduct ethnographic research that examines how austerity
measures together with restrictive immigration policies shape constructions of belonging
in the E.U.-North Africa borderlands. Future phases of this project will include U.S. field
sites for comparative analysis with the E.U.-North Africa borderlands. There is
a particular interest in the intimate dimensions of economic restructuring (e.g.,
austerity, policies emerging from economic recession) and how institutional practices and

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.