CMES Collaborative Seed Grants

CMES announces our annual Call for Proposals for the Collaborative Grant. This program encourages multidisciplinary and collaborative groups to write, co-write, and submit extra-mural grant proposals through the creation of working groups and pilot studies on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

Although PI(s) must be ladder faculty from UCSB, we strongly encourage the involvement of graduate students and undergraduate students. Interdisciplinary research using any of the methodological or theoretical paradigms within the humanities, fine arts, social sciences is welcome, as well as collaborations with colleagues in the natural sciences. All eligible faculty and academic staff members, including subject librarians and research fellows, are encouraged to apply.


Ladder faculty members of all ranks from all academic departments at UCSB are eligible to submit proposals, provided the research is interdisciplinary in nature.

We particularly encourage proposals incorporating faculty, students, and academic staff across different departments and divisions. Pre-tenure faculty are especially encouraged to apply. All proposals for research projects will be considered.

Budgets and allowable expenses

The maximum allowable request under this program is $5,000. The program will permit the following types of funding when adequately justified:

·      Travel: for fieldwork, meeting with collaborators to develop and write proposals, meeting with program directors at potential funding agencies, pilot research

·      Student research assistance: UCSB graduate or undergraduate students only;

·      Research expenses, supplies, services

·      New Course Development

·      Publication costs (e.g., purchase of maps, prints, etc.)

Items that will not be funded:

·      Faculty salaries

·      Equipment costing more than $500

·      Conference travel

·      Replacement funding to permit release from teaching.

All regular projects funded in this cycle will have a start date of July 1, 2022 and an end date of June 30, 2023.

Completed proposals should include the following

Name, department, and institution of all investigators, identifying the lead investigator

Project abstract (250 words)

A list of other funding received for the proposed project

Proposal narrative, including: research question(s), theoretical framework and significance, research methods, and plan of work, including timeline for collaborative meetings and activities (4 pp. single spaced maximum, 11 pt. type)

List of target extramural funding grants/sources or publication outlets (journal or press) that will result from the collaboration within two years of the funding.

References cited (no page limit)

Budget & Budget Justification

C.V.s for all investigators (abbreviated 2-page maximum)

Submission of Proposals

Please submit all applications to Dr. Shiva Balaghi (sbalaghi@ucsb.edu) with “CSG 2022” in the subject line by May 15, 2022.