African Social Research Initiative
Collaborative Faculty Seed Grant

ASRI Seed Grant Description and Application Process - Download Form

Overview of Grant Opportunity

Purpose: To provide faculty at the University of Michigan and partner institutions in UM-priority countries of Africa seed funding to conduct pilot research grants on important social research topics that can be used to advance scholarship and policy and leverage future funding.

Award Amount: $5,000-10,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 3-6

Recommended Program Elements: 

  • Encourage Co-investigators from any country in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Foster new, interdisciplinary teams;
  • Deepen scholarship on focal areas of ASRI: survey research methodology, labor & economics, governance & politics, public health; gender, ethnic & racial inequality;
  • Provide data of critical policy value – describe a plan to translate research to action;
  • Support junior faculty; and/or promote faculty collaboration across institutions and rank;

Proposal Due Date: March 1

Notice of Award: April 1

Earliest Potential Start Date: May 15