2022 HHARC Seed Grants

The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative (HHARC) Seed Grants support the initial stages of collaborative research and creative work across health and humanities/arts disciplines. Seed Grants fund interdisciplinary/interprofessional teams as they build a common language and a jointly informed methodological approach to investigate a compelling research question. These grants are available to teams interested in building collaboration, with the intention of leveraging larger, extramural funds. Funding is made possible by the KU Office of Research.

Funds are made available to collaborators within the HHARC, who seek to build connections across disciplines to better explore questions related to topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Health Equity
  • Health Communication
  • Climate & Health
  • LGBTQIA+ Populations & Health
  • Narrative/Storytelling & Health

When successful, these Seed Grants will result in the development of new questions at the intersection of health and humanities/arts disciplines that are best addressed from the perspective of health and humanities/arts disciplines. These research projects and creative works should outline a plan that prepares them for applications for extramural funding support.

Applicants are encouraged to think boldly about: (1) a compelling question that necessitates interdisciplinary collaboration across health and humanities/arts fields; and (2) how the outlined approach will address the challenges posed by this question in a way that more limited approaches cannot.


Link to Webform Application.


About the HHARC

The HHARC began in 2020, in an effort to build connections across health fields and the humanities and arts. The initiative is a collaboration by Tamara Falicov, Associate Dean for Research, Arts and Humanities, College Dean’s office; Katie Rhine, Geography & Atmospheric Science and African & African-American Studies; Teri Kennedy, Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research, KU School of Nursing, KU Medical Center; and Emily Ryan, Director of The Commons. The Collaborative is based out of The Commons.

The HHARC aims to: 1) Create connections with community across professionals and among researchers around affinities within the realm of health and wellness; 2) Connect researchers to funding opportunities around health and wellness; and 3) Offer a platform for collaboration around existing and emerging health-related challenges.

The Commons at the University of Kansas brings together scholars and learners across disciplines to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and research. Through programming, it builds public support for ongoing and future research at KU that spans disciplines and advances conversations. The Commons strives to ensure that all activity is broadly informed, across diverse expertise and experience.



  • Application call: November 18, 2021
  • Application due date: January 21, 2022
  • Presentations: February 1-3, 2022
  • Award notification date: February 8, 2022
  • Award start date: February 8, 2022
  • Spending deadline: February 8, 2023
  • Report of Activities due: February 8, 2023


  • This is a Multi-Principal Investigator grant model. Proposals must include one Co-PI from a Humanities or Arts disciplines and one Co-PI from a Health field. One Co-PI must be a KU-Lawrence or KUMC tenure-track (or academic equivalent) faculty member. Other non-KU faculty researchers, such as research staff, graduate, or undergraduate students, may be included as collaborators. Graduate students may be considered Co-PIs if their faculty advisors write a letter of support to be included with the application.
  • Co-PIs must include evidence of their PI status at KU-Lawrence or KUMC.
  • The team must include at least one Co-Investigator who is a representative from a community which is the subject of, or may experience the impact of, the team’s proposed work. This may include a person/family member representing the community of interest (e.g., person living with asthma, cancer survivor) and/or a representative of an agency serving the community of interest.
  • These grants are intended to facilitate mentorship across roles. Therefore, at least one graduate or undergraduate student must be listed as a member of the research team.



The Commons will make its virtual and in-person (when safe) spaces and services available for all KU-based activities (e.g., workshops, meetings), expected to take place in The Commons, if possible. HHARC will work with awardees to observe, document, and publicize funded activities, as appropriate. Throughout the term of the project and beyond, awardees are expected to list HHARC funding in research presentations and publications, and to inform HHARC of project activities, publications, applications for extramural proposals, and other outcomes.


Content and Structure

The written portion of the Seed Grant application includes a webform proposal with budget justification (see below). After submissions are received, applicants will be contacted to set up a presentation to discuss the proposed research project as part of the peer review process.



Using the webform below, all submissions must be sent by 5:00pm on January 21, 202.



Once applications have been submitted and reviewed, applicants will be asked to schedule a 10-minute presentation for reviewers. This presentation is to be an overview of the plan, followed by a 15-minute discussion with the reviewers. This is intended to provide feedback to help clarify the applicants’ ideas and strengthen the proposal. These interviews will occur on February 1-3, 2022.

Presentations should include:

  • Central Research Question
  • Importance of research
  • Why the research demands interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Team composition (i.e., humanities/arts, health, community, and students)
  • Proposed activities and how the community will be involved


Evaluation Criteria

Interdisciplinary Strength

  • How does each discipline represented contribute to the project?
  • Are the fields represented appropriate to the research question?
  • Does the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed project serve to strengthen the proposed research?

Co-Creation with Community

  • Are people, families, and community related to the research question represented on the team?
  • Does the plan describe how people, families, and community representative(s) will participate in the team from inception through dissemination?

Clarity of Plan

  • Is the proposed research question clearly stated?
  • Are ideal outcomes articulated?
  • How will the project be carried out?
  • Does the plan include necessary steps to achieving the intended outcomes?

Potential Benefit to KU

  • Does the proposed research relate to wider university initiatives?
  • Does the proposed research contribute new and/or meaningful activity to the research portfolio of the University?
  • Does the proposed activity engage other universities or community partners (e.g., industry, government)?

Sustainability of Project

  • What is the plan to sustain this project?
  • Does the plan allocate sufficient resources (e.g., personnel, time, budget) for necessary steps to achieve intended outcomes?
  • Does the plan include next steps, beyond the initial outcomes?
  • What is the plan for dissemination of findings and future funding?



Individual grants will not exceed $3,500. All spending must be coordinated through The Commons. In 2022, funds may be applied to a variety of activities, including, but not limited to: hosting an online event or series of events that facilitates dialogue between disciplines; creating a forum for community engagement with the topic/question; student support*; or contractual services. All expected costs should be outlined in the Budget & Budget Justification section.


Awardee Expectations

All activity supported in whole or in part by this allocation should bear the following acknowledgement:

“This work was supported by the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative (HHARC), The Commons, and the Office of Research at the University of Kansas.”



All funds must be expended within twelve months of the award start date, at which point, a final report of activities is due to HHARC. (maximum 2 pages)  

The report must include:

  • Description of the project, including initial goals
  • Activities funded by the grant and how the community was involved
  • Outcomes of the research, including things learned during the process
  • Next steps for the research



Title to all materials, equipment, supplies, microfilm, computer files, books, tapes, documents, etc. obtained with HHARC Seed Grant funds will rest in the University. When such materials are no longer needed for the project they should be released to either the department or to the University Library for use by other faculty members and students


IRB Training

When a project requires IRB approval, Co-PIs are expected to complete a training session with IRB staff on the KU-Lawrence or KUMC campus, depending on where the majority of the research activity will be housed.


*A graduate or undergraduate student’s hourly research stipend may be included. The role of the student must be clearly explained and must serve to advance the research.


View Discussion from the Info Share Session, below.