Seed Grants $500-$2,500
Proposed projects will seek to build or strengthen the infrastructure and capacity for exploring new research projects through establishing new structures, spaces or activities. These might include gatherings around a particular topic, thematic symposia or “elevator talks”, convenings of small groups of invited scholars or research clusters, open forums, discussion groups on social media, lectures, film screenings, workshops, etc.
Priority will be given to projects that cross traditional borders among disciplines, departments, divisions, campuses, countries, and/or institutions (e.g. academy/community), and we encourage collaborations that include both graduate students and faculty, and that include collaboration among faculty across ranks. The work supported by seed grants is expected to be open-ended, and no specific “deliverables” are required for these grants. However, proposals are expected to articulate how the activities will lead to the next steps for the development of the idea, project, or proposal, and what mechanisms will be included to ensure that this happens.
- Individual or collaborative proposals welcome ($500 to $2,500 total).
- At least one member of the proposing collaboration must be a senate faculty member from the UCSC Social Sciences Division. Graduate students within the Social Sciences Division are encouraged to develop collaborations but proposals must include a senate faculty member as well.
- Applicants may apply to one grant opportunity per year.
Allowable expenses include:
- Meals or refreshments
- Travel and lodging for the applicant or visitors
- Event/meeting space rental fees
- Media services or instructional support fees
- Hourly support for undergraduate assistants
- Support for graduate student assistants during non-academic terms
- Honoraria (for faculty outside of the UC system, community participants, or other non-UC collaborators)
Prohibited expenses include:
- Salary or payroll (other than student assistants)
- Computers or other equipment
- To submit a proposal for the seed grant program, please complete the application (a google form) by January 31, 2020.
- Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the Institute’s Executive Board.
Submission Requirements for Seed Grants:
- Project abstract (750 character limit)
- Project narrative including activity description, participants, and frequency (3,000 character limit)
- Project justification – please articulate how the activities will lead to next steps for the development of the idea, project, or proposal (1,000 character limit)
- Relevance to the goals and commitments of the institute (1,000 character limit)
- Budget (PDF)
- An abbreviated CV of all key personnel (5 pages maximum) (PDF)
Selection Criteria for all Grant Categories:
- Relevance to the core goals and commitments of the institute (includes incubating new ideas and accelerating pathbreaking scholarship in the public interest)
- Strength of rationale
- Clarity of proposed activities
- Appropriateness of project scope and scale
- Adequacy of the budget
Reporting Requirements (due within 30 days of the project end-date):
- A one-page report describing the outcomes of the project, including any deviations from the proposed project, and proposed next steps.
- A budget report describing all expenditures.