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

NEH Summer Seminar on Gabriela Mistral

CLAS Seed Grant Nobel Laureate, Gabriela Mistral, was more than just a simple Chilean poet during the 19th and 20th century; in addition to writing, she played an active role in the development of Mexican and Chilean educational systems, the League of Nations, and held the role of Chilean consul.  For her services as a poet-diplomat, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945, making her the first recipient from Latin America. She has become a canonical figure in Latin American Literature and history, as well as an icon of LGBT rights.

Public Literacies: A Data Visualization Prototype Project

CLAS Seed Grant     Profs. Long and Rose aim to build new knowledge at the intersection of three lines of cutting-edge public-literacies research in English studies. These lines — scholarship in participatory institutional design, local public engagement, and the interrelated concepts of deep alignment and sustainability — represent where community-university partnerships can navigate borders more justly.

The Black, The White, The Accurate: Transformational Textual and Visual Research on Colonial Latin America

CLAS Seed Grant      This project analyzes data in Northern New Spain in a manner that balances the mutually exclusive viewpoints of colonial Latin America that were expressed by the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and the Black Legend and White Legend that they spawned. New research suggests that the interactions between Spanish missionaries in New Spain and the Aztec people in the 16th and 17th centuries were more complicated than previously thought.

The Endeavor: Humanities-Art Science Toward Creative Collaboration

CLAS Seed Grant      It is through the collaboration of different disciplines that true societal advancement can come to fruition. It is through this same mindset that Ron Broglio, Associate Professor, Department of English, Adriene Jenik, Professor, School of Art, and Ann Kinzig, Professor, School of Life Sciences seeks to establish The Endeavor program. The goal of this program is to gather humanists, artists, and scientists in order to better address the topic of sustainability.

The Future of Food in the Anthropocene

CLAS Seed Grant     The "Anthropocene," a term coined by Nobel Prize-winning scientists Paul Crutze, conveys a new geological epoch in which humans have been altering the biological, geological, and chemical processes of the planet. Human-caused global climate change, a major example of anthropogenic change to the natural environment, poses enormous challenges to the production, consumption, transport, and sale of food.