11 October 2010

Apply for IHR Seed Grant Program for Humanities-based Projects

Post date: 11 October 2010
Deadline: 25 October 2010

Application for IHR Seed Grant Program
Fall 2010 Competition
Deadline: October 25, 2010

Objectives of Seed Grant Program

The IHR seed grant program is designed to provide support for humanities-based projects that advance the transdisciplinary, collaborative, and issue-focused mission of the Institute and are sufficiently developed to be competitive for national grants. Up to $12,000 for collaborative teams or $7,500 for individual researchers may be requested for the purpose of conducting research and developing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. It is expected that with a year of support for planning, collaboration, and research, faculty will enhance the competitive nature of their grant proposals. The IHR will support projects that best address the mission of the IHR and that have strong prospects of receiving external funding. In addition, other desirable outcomes include symposia, conferences, publications, and/or future collaborations.

There are two competitions per year. Awards are made for a one-year period (fall competitions are funded January 1-December 31 and spring competitions are funded May 16-May 15). A mid-point report will be due at the end of the first semester of funding and a final report due within 30 days of the close of the seed grant.

All seed grant projects should include, in coordination with the IHR, a public event during the academic year. The IHR must be acknowledged/credited in grant applications and on internal forms (e.g. blue sheets), publications, and other activities supported by the seed grant award.

See http://ihr.asu.edu/ for additional information about the mission and focus of the IHR and definitions. Go to http://ihr.asu.edu/research/seed for descriptions of previously funded projects.


All IHR projects should incorporate humanities methodologies and involve at least one CLAS humanities scholar. Most humanities scholars will be located in the Division of the Humanities, but eligible humanists may also be located in the Division of the Social Sciences and the Division of the Natural Sciences. Art, music, and theater historians in Herberger College are also considered eligible humanists. Other members of the applicant team may come from units across the university. Most projects will be collaborative, but individual tenured or tenure-track humanities scholars who are conducting transdisciplinary research may apply. Teams may include non-tenured or non-tenure track academic scholars, but the PI(s) must be tenured or tenure track. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the IHR.

Criteria for Evaluation

Projects will be selected on their intellectual merit, coherence, potential impact on scholarship and/or compelling social issues, and prospects for attracting external funding. Proposals should demonstrate the project’s innovation, coherence, prospects for collaboration, relationship to the IHR mission, humanistic methodologies and focus, and relevance to the programmatic goals of the prospective funding agency(ies). They should also demonstrate researcher qualifications for conducting and completing the project within the time limits and proposed budget. Priority will be given to: 1) collaborative projects, although transdisciplinary proposals submitted by individual researchers, which entail short-term or informal collaboration with other ASU or outside scholars, will also be considered, and 2) tenure and tenure-track faculty who have not received an IHR seed grant in the past two years.

Application Submission Instructions

DEADLINE for the fall 2010 seed grant applications: October 25, 2010. Please submit one electronic copy (on CD or via e-mail to ihr@asu.edu) and one paper copy to the IHR office (SS 107, mail code 6505). The electronic copy must be received no later than 11:59 PM on October 25 2010; the paper copy with original signatures must be received by IHR no later than October 26 at 3:00 PM.

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