ISLA announces new Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants

Author: Josh Hubbard

In recognition of the growing importance of, and need for, collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, ISLA is pleased to announce a new Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants program. This initiative is intended to promote collaborative research among faculty from different disciplines with shared interests and to support the preparation and submission of competitive proposals for substantial external grants (e.g., NEH Collaborative Research, NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations, Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge, ACLS Digital Extension Grant, NSF, NIH, etc.).

Seed grants are awarded to groups of faculty. Each group must comprise three or more faculty from at least two departments or academic units at Notre Dame who are committed to exploring a topic of significant importance for the arts, humanities, or social sciences. At least two faculty members must have primary appointments in the College of Arts and Letters. Additional community partners and faculty at other universities may also participate in supported faculty groups.

Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants can be used to fund books, digital resources, and similar materials needed to explore the research topic, travel expenses (e.g., site visits), and meeting support.

There are three types of Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants:

  • Initial Exploratory Research Grants (up to $1,500) These grants support preliminary exploration of a particular topic.
  • Proposal Development Grants (up to $2,500) These grants support the preparation of substantial external grant applications involving multiple faculty. These grants are intended for projects that have developed beyond the initial exploratory phase.
  • Proposal Revise and Resubmit Grants (up to $1,000) This grant supports the revision and resubmission of previously unsuccessful external grant proposals that show clear promise following peer-review. 

You can read more about ISLA’s new Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant initiative, including application requirements and allowable expenses, here.