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OVPRED/HI Seed Money in the Arts and Humanities

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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.

2017 Award Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

Terms of Award:

  • Open to tenured and tenure-track UB faculty
  • Awardees receive a research fund administered by the home department, usable in the upcoming calendar year (January 1 to December 31)
  • Funds may be used for one or more purposes that advance research and creative activity.  Examples include:
    • Travel to collections
    • Site-specific fieldwork and data-collection
    • Translation of key texts
    • Specialized equipment, studio space
    • Research assistance
  • Applicants will identify at least two outside fellowships or other funding opportunities to which they will apply within two years of the start of funding.  Awardees will submit fellowship narratives or proposals to HI as proof of grant application submission
  • Awardees must participate in the peer critique portion of HI’s annual External Grant Writing Workshop
  • Awardees may reapply as soon as they can demonstrate need.

 Applications must include the following:

  • Completed cover sheet. Click here to download form: OVPRED-HI-SeedMoney-Application
  • Project abstract (200-word maximum)
  • Four- to six-page, double-spaced project description, which includes:
    • Explanation of project and its significance
    • Names and deadlines for at least two external fellowships or grant opportunities to which the applicant will apply
    • Budget for use of research funds, and description of how the funds will help improve the project’s chances of winning an external fellowship
  • CV of no more than three pages
  • Disclosure of amount and source of other UB research funds and explanation in the budget of why Seed Money is also needed
  • Signed form from the applicant’s department chair indicating the chair’s agreement to have the department administer the research fund. Click here to download the form: PDF (This can be sent separately to 704A Clemens or

Applications must be sent as a single pdf file by October 23, 2017 to:
Maki Tanigaki (

Application Restrictions:

  • No current member of HI’s Executive Committee may apply for Seed Money

Selection Criteria:

Seed Money Awards will be based on the following criteria, from most to least important:

  • The impact the Seed Money will make on the project’s potential to secure external funding
  • The quality and potential of the research project or creative activity
  • The quality and completion record of previous research projects and scholarly publications
  • The proposal’s ability to communicate the importance of the project beyond the applicant’s home discipline

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc panel of UB faculty invited by the Humanities Institute’s Executive Committee.  The panel will make funding recommendations and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make final funding decisions.