Mellon Grant: Supplemental Criteria

Grant applicants should read the Mellon Foundation grant proposal.

Highlighted in the original proposal are the following goals which the steering committee uses to assess proposals:

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.

Additional criteria

The lasting impact of the project on the goals identified in the Mellon grant are of central concern.  That is, your grant will be assessed as to its durable impact on moving the university toward the three goals listed above.

The Steering Committee for the grant have identified several additional criteria to keep in mind when considering your grant.

Projects that enhance multi-disciplinary collaboration across the campus, between faculty, staff, and students will be favored.

The Principal Investigator(s) and grant originators must be St. Lawrence University employees.

Grants will not support salaries of SLU employees.  Consulting fees for non-employees of the university deemed essential for the success of the project will be considered.

Grants will not be awarded to purchase large, capital equipment (neutron colliders, biomass boilers,…).

Curricular development should be either significant changes to existing courses or the addition of new courses.

Faculty research will be funded as long as it moves us toward the goals identified in the grant.  In other words, research projects that are collaborative, have a lasting impact on the curriculum, and that consider ways to mitigate and/or offset the environmental impact of project activities will be considered.

Student research showing a lasting impact on the university in moving us toward the goals of the grant is eligible for funding.

Initiatives that seek funding for environmental advocacy, including environmental education, are encouraged.

Mellon grants can be used as seed money for other grants.

In subsequent rounds of the grant, priority will go to individuals who have not been funded.

Please contact the members of the Steering Committee with any questions you have:

  • Mary Hussmann (co-chair)
  • Carrie Johns (co-chair)
  • Brad Baldwin
  • Carol Cady
  • Alison Del Rossi
  • Libby Nichols (student rep)
  • Devon Stein
  • Karl Schonberg
  • Carol Smith
  • Alexander Stewart
  • Eric Williams-Bergen