Seed Grant: Social Science, Arts, and Humanities Innovations for Health

Funding cycle closed.


These grants [offered in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)] will be given to social science, arts, and humanities researchers with projects aimed at bringing the insights of their work to topics and questions normally studied in the biomedical and applied health fields. The aim is to catalyze new collaborations with a focus on vulnerable populations. Applicants must be PI-eligible for federal grants. Projects should identify prospective collaborators on the biomedical or health sciences side of campus to whom their project might speak and provide a letter or email showing that there is mutual interest in talking further about possible collaboration. We’re looking for projects focused on gender, sexuality, or women that explore intersections with race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, poverty, or other dimensions that create health inequalities. (Applications must come from a researcher outside the health fields, but health researchers are encouraged to find LSA collaborators and have that faculty member apply. Our list of IRWG affiliates is a good place to start.)

Offered in partnership with The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)

Deadline: The deadline has now passed. Currently we are reviewing proposals. Applicants should receive news of their proposal's status by mid-March.

How to Apply:

Please visit our InfoReady application to submit your proposal and apply online (Login with your U-M credentials)

Award Amounts:

Funds may be requested from $500 to $10,000, depending on the scope of the project. Please make budget amounts as exact as possible. We encourage applications from those seeking matching funds for grants from other sources, up to our limit. IRWG does not require matching funds.


At least one person in the applicant group must be a University of Michigan faculty member and PI-eligible for federal grants. Applicants are encouraged to include students and community partners in project plans.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted through our online submissions portal. You will need the following items for your proposal:

1) Project Abstract - 100 word summary

2) Project Narrative - In no more than three (3) single-spaced pages, describe:

  • Goals of the project, including how it contributes both to gender research and to interdisciplinary connections between UM health researchers and researchers in other fields

  • Plan for conducting the project, including attention to intersectionality, vulnerable populations, or health inequalities

  • Roles of any collaborators on the project, including community partners or organizations

  • Extent of conversations or emails with a health collaborator, including their title(s) and affiliation(s). No need to try to fit copies into the application, but please save correspondence for follow-up inquiries from the selection committee if needed.

3) Project Budget - Please upload one file with your project budget of one page.

  • Outline budget expenses, including their justification.

  • Specify contingent budgets or matching funds you’re seeking.

  • Any UM salary expenses must include appropriate calculation of benefits. Please note that faculty salary will not be funded.

4) Curriculum vitae (5-page max) for all collaborators

Selection Criteria:

Reviewers will score the applications based on EACH of these four criteria: 1) quality and significance of the scholarly or creative activity proposed; 2) potential to contribute to new collaborations leading to extramural funding; 3) inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, social class, or other differences among women and men; and 4) value of the project to the career development of faculty and/or students.

Human Subjects Review:

Compliance with all appropriate regulations governing conduct of research will be required. Research proposals involving the use of human subjects will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain IRB approval in a timely manner so that research is not delayed.

Post Award Expectations:

  • Attend a meeting for future grant development (with MICHR and IRWG)

  • Acknowledge IRWG and MICHR support in presentations and publications resulting from the funded project

  • Inform IRWG staff of resulting funding, presentations and publications for publicity purposes

  • Provide a written report a year from the date of the award (email is fine) that outlines your project activities, any extramural grant submitted and award status, as well as a financial report

Contact Person:

Jocelyn Stitt, Program Director for Faculty Research Development (, 734.764.9537)