The UT Dallas Humanities and Emerging Arts (HEArts) Grant Competition is an internal funding mechanism designed to promote scholarly activities in the form of research, outreach, and/or creative activities in all disciplines that will result in publications, recognition, awards, or exhibitions/performances. Priority will be placed on applications that codify a plan for external funding to sustain the proposed activity. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those tenured/tenure-track faculty with school affiliations that are outside of STEM. Activities not eligible for support through this mechanism include: consulting; dissertation completion; research/analysis pertaining to the operation of UT Dallas; and curriculum development.

Award Information

  • The maximum allowable budget for a HEArts Grant is $10,000.
  • The duration of the HEArts award is 12 months.
  • Faculty whose proposals are not selected in a given award period may resubmit their proposals the following year.


Submission Deadline: March 31st

Eligibility Guidelines

The HEArts Grant program is meant to support scholarly activities that have impact, bring recognition to UT Dallas and faculty, and ideally offers a means to pursuing extramural funding. A successful HEArts Grant proposal must include the following:

  • The PI must have a primary UT Dallas appointment and be either tenured, on tenure-track, or be a Center Director.
  • Adjunct faculty, affiliate faculty, visiting researchers, and postdocs are not eligible to serve as PIs but may participate in the proposed project.
  • The proposal must provide compelling evidence that the resulting effort will have scholarly impact; visibility for the institution and the faculty member(s); and extramural funding is available for related projects.
  • The duration of this award is 12 months. Any resulting extramural funding proposals would be expected in the 12-18 month time frame.
  • Prior HEArts Grant awardees may submit an application no sooner than three calendar years from a prior award period. For example, a winner from fall 2018 would not be eligible to submit another application until fall 2021.
  • Faculty with greater than $100,000 in discretionary funds (e.g. Research Enhancement and Chair cost centers) are not eligible to serve as PIs.
  • A faculty member may submit only one HEArts seed grant proposal as a PI or co-PI during each submission period.
  • Faculty participating in the review process are not eligible to apply concurrently for a HEArts Grant.

Required Submission Materials

Proposal documents should have 1 inch margins and use 12 point font. Upload one combined document (preferably in PDF format).

  • Summary. In 300 words or less describe the project, the potential impact, and the collaboration for a general audience.
  • Proposal. Limited to three pages with the following section headings in sequence. The bibliography does not count against the page limit.
    • Rationale and Vision. Explain the goal, the current state of the art, and how your scholarly work is innovative and impactful.
    • Plan. Provide a description of your commitment to accomplish objectives during the HEArts Grant award period to be competitive for external funding.
    • PI Qualifications. Explain why your background qualifies you as a candidate for this award.
    • Justification. Explain why a HEArts Grant is required to foster the proposed project.
    • Participating Personnel. List all participating faculty members; postdoctoral fellows; technical support staff; and/or number of graduate students and include their roles on the scholarly activity. If the proposal involves unfunded contributions from outside UT Dallas, list source(s) of the contributions.
  • External Funding Opportunities. Limited to one page, summarize the external funding opportunities for which the HEArts Grant will enable. Include a timeline for submission of external proposals, names of potential sponsoring agencies/organizations and solicitations and any relevant deadlines.
  • Budget and Justification. Limited to one page, provide a table with each expenditure category and justification including line item descriptions.
  • Co-funding. Co-funding from within or outside UT Dallas is neither required nor considered for priority in funding. However, if a project requires funds exceeding the stated limit, an academic unit may provide co-funding. If so, provide a description of the source and planned use of the funds to support the overall goals of the project. A letter of support from the academic unit authority should accompany the application expressing commitment to provide the funds during the HEArts Grant award period.
  • Bio-sketch/CV. Limited to two pages, provide either a bio-sketch or an abbreviated CV.

Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

HEArts Grant applications will be reviewed by a Committee comprised of UT Dallas faculty with relevant scholarly experience. Applicants will receive a brief list of strengths and weaknesses with a numerical rank (5=highly meritorious and recommended for funding, 1=low priority for application consideration). Awards will be announced following the completion of reviews and funding will be available soon thereafter. Evaluation criteria include:

  • Impact of the scholarly product for the field, capacity to enhance visibility for the faculty member and institution, and possibility of future external funding opportunities.
  • The skills and abilities of the PI to pursue the proposed project.
  • The extent that the HEArts Grant support is vital for the proposed endeavor.
  • The extent to which the HEArts Grant funding will enhance the competitiveness in securing external funding.

Awardee Requirements

Upon award, you must submit the following information to the Vice President for Research:

  • Within 1 month of award, supply a one-page text with graphic representation of the project and team. The document must be suitable for presentation on the Office of Research website.
  • Within 10 months of receiving the award: A two-page progress report including scholarly outcomes and any progress toward securing external funding. If progress is hindered, a clear explanation for the delay and a mitigation plan must be provided.
  • Upon request: Provide a brief presentation at UT Dallas during a symposium or other event to highlight the HEArts Grant impact.
  • Recipients will serve on a Seed Grant review panel for the following review cycle; this means recipients cannot be PIs or collaborators on proposals submitted the cycle following the cycle in which they were awarded. By accepting an award, recipients agree to score and provide written comments on assigned proposals before the review deadline and participate in in-person review meetings.

Allowable Expenses

  • Supplies, equipment, and publication costs
  • Graduate student stipend and benefits
  • Postdoctoral or Research Staff support and benefits
  • Travel; conference/workshop attendance; or conference/workshop hosting for team-building to support the proposal submission for external funding.

Unallowable Expenses

  • Faculty salary and/or benefits (neither academic year nor summer support permitted)
  • Transfer of funds to institutions or individuals outside of UT Dallas
  • Administrative or secretarial support
  • Indirect costs

Other Terms and Conditions

  • Funds will not be released until all necessary compliance related approvals and/or training are acquired, such as IRB, IACUC, IBC, RCR, and COI.
  • Funds expire and must be used within 12 months of award. No carryover of funds will be permitted unless approval has been provided by the Office of Research. Any unexpended funds must be returned to the Office of Research.
  • Failure to comply with items 1 and 2 of the Awardee Requirements will result in suspension of funds and faculty becoming ineligible for future seed grant competitions from the Office of Research.
  • The HEArts Grant award must be acknowledged in any resulting publications, exhibitions, or events, including press releases, using the following language: “This effort was funded (or partially funded) by The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research through the HEArts Grant Program.”