Detailed Instructions for Grant Applicants

Crossing Boundaries Project, Detailed Instructions for Grant Applicants

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General Criteria

Innovative designs and curricular and pedagogical structures will undoubtedly emerge from the humanities faculty as a whole, and as such, there are no pre-defined lists of initiatives or projects specified by the grant. However, proposals should to respond to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Reassert the humanities’ centrality to the liberal arts curriculum and call attention to the importance of the humanities in a modern global society;
  • Reshape the structures characterizing our humanities curriculum to lessen compartmentalization and specialization and to create meaningful integration/collaboration;
  • Develop new models and methods of collaboration that include faculty, students, multiple departments, the broader campus, alumni, and even the wider community;
  • Draw upon diverse analog and digital media for communication and expression; and
  • Embrace and re-define traditional links between the humanities, language study, and experiential and off-campus study.

Instructions for Proposal Development Submission

  • Competitive proposals will result in innovative programs, methods, technologies, and pedagogies that will have a direct impact on the curriculum and contribute to re-envisioning the humanities.
  • We encourage you to consider a course release to help pursue the work proposed.  Contact Richard Jenseth to talk about this as soon as possible.
  • In the case of digitization projects, proposals will result in a unique collection with need, audience, durability, and extensibility documented/addressed.
  • In cases where Library, NCAT, Art Gallery, and/or IT support is required, please consult with support providers.

Post-Award Activities

Grant awardees are expected to share their work, solicit feedback, and attend working group meetings throughout the tenure of their grant.  Grant awardees will be required to submit a final project report that describes curricular outcomes and future directions. The report will be shared with all members of the Crossing Boundaries Steering Committee.  In addition, those funded must present their findings at a “Crossing Boundaries” annual retreat.  

Budget Guidelines

  • If you intend to seek a course release, your project must demonstrate evidence that you will spend a significant portion of your time on your proposed project.  The full course release amount is $4,220 (the cost of hiring an adjunct to teach one course).
  • Stipends in the range of $500-$1,250 may be requested without a course release, but a rationale and estimated time frame to be dedicated to the project must be provided.
  • Professional Development/Travel may be requested to attend conferences/workshops relevant to the proposed project; to conduct project-related research; and to facilitate collaborations with faculty colleagues, students, or other project participants.
  • Resources/Materials up to $500 may be included for reference materials, books, photocopies, office supplies, etc.
  • Other types of allowable expenses include digitization costs and consultant expenses. 
  • Please note that in this economic climate, requests to establish new summer courses or courses with summer components are likely to be unsustainable and are therefore unlikely to be selected for funding by the Mellon Crossing Boundaries Committee.

Sample Budget

Budget Item Crossing Boundaries Grant Amount Requested
Course Release N/A
Faculty Stipend 1,077
Professional Development and/or Travel 1,469
Resources/Materials 200
Digitization Expenses 1,162
Consultant/Speaker Fees 1,500
Total 5,408

Sample Budget Justification: I am requesting $5,408 for my project for the following:

  • Faculty stipend, $1,000 for work performed during throughout the academic year, estimated at 5 hours/week x 12 weeks; add $77 for required FICA tax (7.65%).
  • Professional Development, $1,469 to cover travel to one workshop in the US that is directly related to my work on this project, calculated at $1,469/trip ($250 registration; $500 airfare; $125 mileage to Syracuse airport; $24 parking/tips; $120 for food [$40/day x 3 days]; $450 lodging {$150/night x 3 nights})
  • Resources: $200, consisting of $140 for reference books and $60 for copies and office supplies.
  • Digitization Expenses: $1,162 to hire a St. Lawrence student assistant to digitize project materials, calculated at $8.30/hour x 10 hours/week x 14 weeks/semester
  • Consultant Fee: $1,500 for project Web site development.

The Mellon grant will support:

  1. We can only fund projects that directly impact and are related to regular courses during the regular academic year.
  2. Funding for faculty research for Mellon course development, impacting the regular academic year curriculum, may include travel. However, the applicant must demonstrate in the application why traveling to libraries, museums, research centers, research locales, etc. is essential for the completion of the project.
  3. Funding for student stipends if they are integral to the Mellon project is allowable, but we do not cover travel or food expenses for students.
  4. Stipends for faculty developing new courses or pursuing an ambitious interdisciplinary project are available.  An alternative is taking a course release.
  5. Professional development travel pertinent to the project (conferences, workshops, etc.)
  6. Consultant and speaker fees.
  7. Books, materials, software, other supplies or expenses.
  8. Collaborative project travel.
  9. Funds to pay student researchers or student project assistants (maximum of 15 hours per week per SLU policy).
  10. Digitization/photography fees.
  11. Teleconferencing, long-distance communications.

We are unable to support:

  1. Student travel
  2. Independent faculty research travel
  3. Equipment purchases