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

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.

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.