HEAS Seed Grants

HEAS Seed Grants

Our HEAS Seed Grant initiative will support pilot projects that will induce more collaborative work in our network. We want to keep it simple and unbureaucratic.

Applications for the HEAS Seed Grants will be accepted three times a year. The deadlines for 2023 are 28th February, 30th June and 31st October. Applications are open to all HEAS PhDs, Postdocs, and PIs. Each seed grant will be for a sum up to € 3,000. There will be three Seed Grants offered each time.

You may submit up to two submissions if:

  • You don’t already have an active HEAS Seed Grant from a previous round
  • You are not the lead on both (i.e. you can be a lead on one and a collabarator on another)

Proposals will be evaluated by all members of the HEAS Management Board, the best three proposals will be funded. Grantees will be announced in the NEWS Section of the HEAS website.


The short proposals should have:

  1. 1 or 2 pages maximum, provide a summary of what will be done, what the target of the pilot project is (e.g., preparation for grant applications, proof of concept, etc.), and particularly should make clear the bridging aspect of the intended interdisciplinary work in the framework of HEAS.
  2. Budget: Please include a breakdown of items in the budget part of the proposal, e.g. “110 samples sequencing à € 15.00 = €1650.00, 67.5h lab technician á € 20.00 = €1350.00”.
  3. Please also include a short CV of 1-3 pages which includes relevant prior work.

The whole proposal should still not exceed 2 pages + references + CV. The budget outline should be included in the 2 pages, no formal quotes are required.

HEAS Members

If you would like more information about the grants or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Maeve

Funded projects

February 2023

Applicant Round Project Amount Granted
Victoria Oberreiter and Florian Exler February 2023 Analyzing Altamira: The first aDNA analyses of the renowned cave paintings from northern Spain €3.000,00
Annette Oertle, Katerina Douka, Frank Zachos February 2023 Using museum collections for ZooMS marker development of New Guinea taxa €3.000,00
Dominik Hagmann, Sylvia Kirchengast February 2023 Undiscovered Ancient Deathscapes“: Archaeothanatological Analysis Of Roman and Early Medieval Inhumations from Cemeteries in the Southeastern Upper Danube River Basin (sUDRB) during the Roman Climate Optimum (RCO) and Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) €3.000,00
Olivia Cheronet, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Daniel Fernandes, Adrian Daly February 2023 Confirmation of the presence of Mucopolysaccharidosis in the Medieval population of Pottenbrunn (Lower Austria €3.000,00
Richard Kimber, Susanna Sawyer,Florian Exler February 2023 A density separation approach for improved ancient DNA yields from sediments €3.000,00


September 2022


Applicant Round Project Amount granted
Laura van der Sluis (DEA), Karina Groemer (NHM), Christine Lefèvre & Dr. Sophie Cersoy  (NMHM), Stephan Krämer (EDGE), Annette Oertle (DEA)


30th September 2022 Developing methods for the identification of glues and consolidants in museum collections: a Pilot Project €2.800,00
Meriam Guellil, Pere Gelabert and Ron Pinhasi (DEA) 30th September 2022 Exploring the Narrenturm Pathological Collection €3.000,00
Brina Zagorc and Magdalena Blanz 30th September 2022 Health and diet intertwined: co-analysing genetic markers with dietary stable isotopes ofsubadults from Roman and Early Medieval Croatia €3.000,00


March 2022

Applicant Round Project Amount granted
Emily J. Kate 31st March 2022 The Authority of the Feast: A Comparative Approach to Studying Feasting in Chiefly Societies € 3.000,00
Pere Gelabert, José-Miguel Tejero 31st March 2022 Assessing the differential DNA preservation in Palaeolithic sediments and osseous tools from museum collections € 3.000,00
Xin Huang 31st March 2022 dbHAP: A database for understanding and visualizing genomic diversity with human ancestral populations € 2.840,00
Barbara Horejs 31st March 2022 ‘Pilot study Starčevo hut’ A new micro-archaeological approach for understanding stages of sedentism in the Balkan Neolithization process € 3.000,00