Seed Money in the Arts and Humanities

These small grants support research and creative activity in the arts and humanities. 

  • Up to $5,000 for long-term projects

Arts and Humanities Seed Funding

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED), in partnership with the Humanities Institute (HI), announces the availability of $50,000 in seed money for research and creative activity in the arts and humanities.

This program will provide awards of up to $5,000 for long-term projects, with the goal of generating applications for outside funding within two years of the start of funding. Priority will be given to projects at the early or middle stages of completion, to allow time to secure external funding.

While the Humanities Institute seeks to distribute financial support as widely as possible, one may hold a Seed Money award and an HI Faculty Fellowship at the same time.

2014 Award Recipients

The ten winning applicants will use their seed money in a variety of ways: travel to archival collections overseas and around the United States; ethnographic work; and payment for research assistance, such as translation, computer coding and transcription.

  • Susan Cahn, professor, Department of History: “Borderlines of Power: Women and Borderline Personality Disorder.”
  • Laura Garofalo, associate professor, Department of Architecture: “The Seamless Seam: Enclosure as Ornament.”
  • Walter Hakala, assistant professor, Department of English: “Words, Verses, and the World: Multilingual Vocabularies and Indo-Persianate Learning in South Asia.”
  • David Herzberg, associate professor, Department of History: “The Other Drug War: Prescription Drug Abuse in American History.”
  • Frederick Klaits, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology: “Respect and Responsibility: Blessings and Black Sexual Politics in Buffalo’s Charismatic Churches.”
  • Miriam Paeslack, assistant professor, Arts Management Program: “Contemplating the Past through the Present: Italian Fascist Architecture in Artistic Discourse.”
  • Deborah Reed-Danahay, professor, Department of Anthropology: “Being French in London: Social Space, the EU, and Privileged Migration.”
  • Stephanie Rothenberg, associate professor, Department of Art: “Reversal of Fortune.”
  • Jasmina Tumbas, assistant professor, Department of Art: “A Matter of Decision: Experimental Art in Hungary and Yugoslavia, 1968-1989.”
  • Paul Vanouse, professor, Department of Art: “Labor.”

Awardees also will participate in HI’s annual External Grant Writing Workshop, in which a senior faculty member with a strong record of obtaining grants offers advice on writing outstanding fellowship applications and participants share their proposed grant applications for critique.

Read more