Seed Funding Available for Arts and Humanities Projects

Faculty are invited to apply for $5,000 grants to fund research, scholarly and creative activities in the arts and humanities. The deadline for application is 5 p.m. on March 27. The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation is offering five of these grants for projects that enrich the research and professional growth of faculty and the university and result in new opportunities for research or other creative endeavors.

Applicants are encouraged to focus on collaborative efforts tied to the recently announced signature research areas. Particular emphasis will be given to projects in those areas for which external funding is limited. The funds are to be used on items that will further a project such as materials, travel, and supplies. The funds may not be used for faculty salary.

Proposal Details

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty members may apply. Proposals will be accepted from all U of A colleges and schools.

Narrative: The proposal narrative should describe the proposed activity. The narrative is limited to 3 pages and should address each of the following: 

  • Relevant background, goals and objectives
  • Competence of the applicant to perform the proposed project
  • Available facilities and resources to complete the project
  • Expected outcomes and relevance
  • (Optional) an additional single-page bibliography relating to the proposal.

In addition, the narrative should describe how the project will enhance the reputations of the faculty member and university. All application materials must be submitted as a single PDF file. 

Budget: Proposers may request a budget of up to $5,000. Budget details should include major categories such as materials, travel, supplies, etc. The budget may be provided in narrative or tabular format. The budget must be accompanied by a brief narrative justifying the request. The budget request and justification should be limited to one page.

Time Frame: Project funds may be expended for a period up to 18 months after the award date.

Summary Report: The faculty member is required to submit a report within 90 days of the end of the award period that summarizes the use of the funds and the outcome of the project. (two page maximum)

Proposal Deadline: March 27, 5 p.m. CT.

Submission: Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF file to, subject line: 2019 A&H Seed Grant Competition.  These internal proposals do not need to be uploaded into the Razorgrant system.

Award date: Awardees will be notified by April 30.

Selection process: Review of applications will be coordinated by the UA Office of the VCRI and conducted by UA scholars with expertise in Arts and Humanities research. Every application will receive a minimum of three independent reviews. The review panel will rank all proposals and present a recommendation to the VCRI. The VCRI will determine the awardees.

Additional information: Direct questions to Ralph Davis (


Ralph K. Davis, associate vice provost for research and economic development
Research, Innovation, and Economic Development


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