Mellon Initiative

Mellon Initiative Call for Proposals

SLU was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy. The successful grant proposal was collectively developed by a group of SLU faculty from a breadth of academic disciplines, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. We have already funded a variety of proposals from faculty and students.

The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee is announcing our call for proposals for Summer 2011, Fall 2011, and Winter Break 20011/12 to be due by February 21, 2011 (faculty) or March 7 (students). We are inviting faculty and staff to submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon Grant. These goals include the following:

  • 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.
  • Promote and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations related to the study, sustainability, and protection of the environment.
  • Implement project activities (i.e., increased field study and advocacy activities) in environmentally-sensitive ways for short- and long-term benefit to the environment.


We direct your attention to the Mellon Initiative website for detailed instructions about the application process. In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be entirely on-line. Please draft your proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents and you will be asked to upload them during the application process. Note that there are no funds for the purchase of capital equipment.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Barthelmess or Mary Hussmann, co-chairs, or any member of the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Antun Husinec, Andrew Jones, Eric Williams-Bergen, Jayantha Jayman, Carrie Johns, Devon Stein, and Karl Schoenberg).

Faculty deadline extended - Mellon Environment Grants

The Mellon Steering Committee is extending the deadline for faculty proposals for work to be conducted in spring or summer 2011.

With this announcement, the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative
Steering Committee is extending the deadline for our fall call for proposals to be due
by October 18. We are inviting faculty and staff 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.

We are currently accepting proposals that will take place in spring or
summer 2011. Next semester we will make a call for proposals in early
February for projects that will take place in summer or fall 2011 or winter 2012.

We direct your attention to the Mellon Initiative website for detailed
instructions about the application process. In the spirit of reducing
our environmental footprint, the application process will be entirely
on-line. Please draft your proposal narrative and budget as electronic
documents and you will be asked to upload them during the application
process. Note that there are no funds for the purchase of capital equipment.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika
Barthelmess or Mary Hussmann, co-chairs, or any member of the Mellon
Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Antun
Huisnec, Andrew Jones, Eric Williams-Bergen, Jayantha Jayman, Carrie
Johns, Devon Stein, and Karl Schoenberg).

 

Call for student proposals - Mellon environmental projects

You may be aware that SLU was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy. The successful grant proposal was collectively developed by a group of SLU faculty from a breadth of academic disciplines, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. Last year we funded a total of eleven proposals from faculty and students.

With this announcement, the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee is announcing our fall call for proposals to be due by October 18. We are inviting 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.

We are currently accepting proposals that will take place in spring or summer 2011. Next semester we will make a call for proposals in early February for projects that will take place in summer or fall 2011.

We direct your attention to the Mellon Initiative website for detailed instructions about the application process. In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be entirely on-line. Please draft your proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents and you will be asked to upload them during the application process.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Barthelmess or Mary Hussmann, co-chairs, or any member of the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Antun Huisnec, Andrew Jones, Eric Williams-Bergen, Jayantha Jayman, Carrie Johns, Devon Stein, and Karl Schoenberg).

Call for faculty/staff proposals - environmental projects

You are undoubtedly aware that SLU was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy. The successful grant proposal was collectively developed by a group of SLU faculty from a breadth of academic disciplines, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. Last year we funded a total of eleven proposals from faculty and students.

With this announcement, the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee is announcing our fall call for proposals to be due by October 18. We are inviting faculty and staff 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.

We are currently accepting proposals that will take place in spring or summer 2011. Next semester we will make a call for proposals in early February for projects that will take place in summer or fall 2011.

We direct your attention to the Mellon Initiative website for detailed instructions about the application process. In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be entirely on-line. Please draft your proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents and you will be asked to upload them during the application process. Note that there are no funds for the purchase of capital equipment.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Barthelmess or Mary Hussmann, co-chairs, or any member of the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Antun Huisnec, Andrew Jones, Eric Williams-Bergen, Jayantha Jayman, Carrie Johns, Devon Stein, and Karl Schoenberg).

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

 

Call for student proposals - new deadline!

The Mellon Initiative invites proposals from students (the faculty deadline has passed) for projects that involve research, advocacy or education about the environment.  We are seeking proposals from individuals or groups of students for work to be carried out either in summer or fall semeser, 2010.  The application form, as well as guidelines for applications, can be found on the Mellon Initiatve section of the Green Pages.

Proposals are due at 5 pm on Monday, March 15th.  The next call for proposals will not be until fall 2010.

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