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Faculty Seed Grants

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Important Note: Due to cuts to the IRiSS budget for 2021–22, we will not be issuing a Request for Faculty Seed Grant proposals this year. This page will be updated before the 2022–2023 academic year.


The IRiSS seed grant program supports proposal development, pilot research, and other activities that advance faculty research projects to the point where they can attract external funding.

The program rewards high-risk, high-return research proposals, including projects that:

  • develop new methods
  • apply theories or methods to new research areas
  • translate among previously unrelated theoretical perspectives


Support is offered for a maximum of five grants of up to $10,000 and one grant of up to $25,000. Please see the Program Guidelines for current support amounts.


Preference is given to supporting proposals from assistant and associate professors. Eligibility is limited to faculty with appointments in one of the six social science departments in the School of Humanities & Sciences. Faculty who have received 2 grants during the past 5 years are ineligible. Please see the Program Guidelines for current eligibility information.

Funding after the seed grant

Since the start of the program, nearly all of the projects have led to subsequent funding proposals, many of which have been awarded external support from agencies such as the NSF, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Past & present seed grant recipients

Read about previous projects in our seed grant archive.

Read about current seed grant recipients in our IRiSS Faculty page


You may apply here to the IRiSS Faculty Seed Grant Application when the link is active. For deadlines and details, see the  annual call for proposals for this program below.

For further questions please contact Carolyn Ybarra