Upcoming Deadline for Mellon Grants

TO SLU Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Several years ago the Mellon Foundation awarded SLU a four-year $800,000 grant for environmental education, research and advocacy. Over the first two years we have funded approximately twenty-four proposals from faculty and students.

The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee announces the call for proposals to be due by February 17, 2012 (Faculty/Staff), March 7, 2012 (Students). We invite faculty,staff, and students to submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon grant. These goals include the following:

  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.

Proposed activities should take place summer or fall 2012, or during winter break 2012/2013 (Faculty/Staff only).

Please note that our pool of resources dedicated to funding faculty/student projects is limited, thus we anticipate that this year’s funding cycle will be very competitive. Please read the application guidelines and supplemental criteria on the Mellon Initiative website carefully to ensure that your proposal meets one or more of our criteria. Students, please note if your project involves travel including (overnight or international travel) please you’ll need to use the travel registry on the CIIS website to ensure compliance with University travel policies.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in proposals that have long term environmental benefits, contribute to regional sustainability, or durable impact on the SLU curriculum. Projects that enhance inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration across the campus among faculty, staff or students will be favored.

In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be largely online. Please draft your application form, proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents for uploading.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to contact Mary Hussmann or Carrie Johns, co-chairs, or any member of the Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Alexander Stewart, Eric Williams-Bergen, Brad Baldwin, Devon Stein, Alison Del Rossi, Karl Schonberg and Carol Smith).