Guidelines for Faculty/Staff Proposal Narrative

For Faculty, a complete application will consist of:
  1. Application form (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)
  2. Proposal narrative (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)
  3. Detailed budget (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)

As you draft your narrative (c. 1 - 3 pages), please include the following:

1. Project Abstract:  Describe your project in 100 words or less for a general audience (this abstract may be published).

2. Project Goals: Provide a clear delineation of your specific project goals and what activities you plan to achieve those goals. Include an explanation of the relationship of your project goals to the broader goals of the SLU Mellon Environmental Initiative (for reference, see the full proposal at [URL]).

3. Expected Outcomes: Provide a specific description of your planned outcomes for the project and when you expect the outcomes to be realized (e.g., curriculum development will lead to a new interdisciplinary course that will be offered in spring 2011). We are interested in projects that have durability beyond the scope of Mellon grant funding. Please speak to the enduring benefit of your project to the SLU community. Will the project change the community in a positive way? Please elaborate.

4. Project Learning Goals: List specific, measurable learning goals for this project.

5. Description of Relevant Project Component(s): Explain how your project addresses up to three core elements of the initiative as identified on your application form (i.e., experiential, advocacy, etc.).

6. Project Timeline: Provide a brief timeline or expected schedule for your project activities.

7. Project Benefit to the Environment: Briefly describe or list the expected short- and long-term benefit(s) to the environment your project will achieve.

8. Environmental Footprint and Rationale: Provide a rationale for any potential negative impacts your project will have on the environment (i.e., travel outside the region), and identify your plans for how you will seek to counter balance your "environmental footprint." Note that we will not fund purchase of e.g. carbon offsets.  Instead, please think about ways such as local environmental education, outreach or advocacy that might offset the negative impact of your proposed activity.

9. Plan for Dissemination: Describe how the outcome of your project will be disseminated. At a minimum, grant recipients must submit a final project report, including an expense report, to the Mellon Steering Committee within two weeks of project completion. These reports may be made publically available. We encourage other forms of dissemination in addition (e.g. public seminar about research findings, website, class performance, etc.)

In exploring areas for potential growth and collaboration, the proposal team identified that what is largely missing for both students and faculty at SLU is a greater "real world" contextual understanding of the complexities of the environmental issues they are studying that comes from direct, firsthand engagement in: (a) geographic, cultural, and political settings with varying environmental issues and conditions; and (b) the complex inter- and multidisciplinary nature of these issues and their potential resolutions. To address this need, the St. Lawrence faculty team has set the following programmatic goals for our proposed project.

  1. Increase in-depth experiential learning opportunities for students to apply and discover knowledge through firsthand "field" opportunities off campus, including environmental research, advocacy, internships, activism, and seminar/studio study.
  2. Promote and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations related to the study, sustainability, and protection of the environment.
  3. Implement project activities (i.e., increased field study and advocacy activities) in environmentally-sensitive ways for short- and long-term benefit to the environment.

Conditions of Grant

Faculty or Staff members who receive a Mellon grant agree to the following conditions:

  1. Grant recipients will submit a final report on the project, including an expense report, to the Mellon Committee within 2 weeks of project completion. These reports may be made publically available.
  2. Grant recipients agree to give a public presentation to the SLU community (e.g. CTL forum, Departmental seminar) about the work conducted for the grant, if appropriate.
  3. Grant recipients agree to acknowledge the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative for Active Learning, Research and Advocacy as a funding source in all products that result from the work completed as part of the grant.
  4. Grant recipients agree to a term of service on the Mellon Steering committee in the future.