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

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.

Working Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Myanmar: Abating Buddhist-Muslim Tensions

CLAS Seed Grant     In recent months, Buddhist-Muslim violence has threatened to derail democratic reforms currently underway in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Prof. Schober and Prof. Saikia will organize an international conference on strategies for peace among Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar, facilitated by the Center for Asian Research.

Altering Implicit Stereotypes through Performance: The Role of Motor Resonance in Shaping Unconscious Associations

Current vocabulary to describe the reception of the performance suggests relative passivity: we speak of the spectator (who sees) or the audience (who hears). Neither of these terms adequately describes the kinesthetic experience of performance. In theatre, we have a robust tendency to resonate with actors' behaviors, which in turn can shape our unconscious beliefs about social normalcies. This study will attempt to gather and analyze empirical data to investigate the role of live action resonance in altering implicit associations.

Exploring Near Death

This project will investigate "Near Death" through personal research and then convene a conference of experts from both a scientific and humanistic perspective to understand and articulate the many varied points of view in the near death experience. The goals of this project are two-fold: First, write a book proposal to interest publishers to commission it.