Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge Seed Grant Application

2022 Seed Grant Applications Due to the IAS:
May 9, 2022 at noon

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW) is inviting proposals for Grand Research Challenge Grants to fund multi-institutional, collaborative, humanities-based projects that “build a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution.” Grants will be made for up to $150,000 over a two-year period beginning January 1, 2023. Applications will be due directly to Humanities Without Walls on November 15, 2022.

To support the development of HWW Grand Research Challenge Grant proposals, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is offering seed grants of up to $3,000. These funds may cover graduate student research and organizational work, honoraria for community partners, costs of partner meetings, or other proposal development expenses, excluding faculty salary.

Proposals will be submitted online via InfoReady Review (details below). Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday, May 9.


This seed grant program is for the purpose of developing the ideas and collaborations necessary to allow application for a Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge grant in fall 2022. Any University of Minnesota faculty, staff, or graduate student can apply for a seed grant, but if the Principal Investigator (PI) is not a tenure-line faculty member, the application MUST include a Co-PI who is tenure-line faculty. Please note that HWW Grand Research Challenge grant proposals may be submitted only by tenure-line faculty from the Twin Cities campus.

Seed Grants Timeline

  • Seed grant applications are due Monday, May 9, 2022 at noon.
  • Funds for selected projects will be available the week of May 23, 2022.

Application Instructions

To apply for a seed grant, you will need to fill out the following information via InfoReady Review:

  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Department and College
  4. Position
  5. Proposed Partners (names and institutions)

In addition, you will attach a project statement and 2-page CV. Word docs or PDFs only. Your project statement can be a maximum of 1,000 words and should include the following:

  • Brief description of the project you intend to submit for the Grand Challenge Grant opportunity in November 2021
  • Discussion of how the seed grant will help you develop your project and methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution
  • Potential partners and their roles in the project
  • Proposed budget for seed grant ($3,000 maximum award)


Information Session & Resources

  • For more information about the Institute for Advanced Study’s relationship with Humanities Without Walls, go here.
  • To see examples of previous successful HWW Grand Research Challenge projects, go here.





Questions may be directed to [email protected]