Innovation Grants Program - September, 2010

To:                   The St. Lawrence Community
From:               William L. Fox, President
Date:               September 6, 2010
Subject:           St. Lawrence Innovation Grants


Recognizing that great ideas come from many sources, and that St. Lawrence’s future depends on encouraging creativity of its faculty, staff and students, most especially in the face of economic and fiscal pressures, I wish to announce the creation of the St. Lawrence Innovation Grants program, which will award up to $2500 per project.  It is intended to support new initiatives proposed by faculty, staff and students; applications will be reviewed and approved by a faculty-staff-student committee I will appoint.  
St. Lawrence Innovation Grants projects ought to inspire a foundation for St. Lawrence’s future that is in keeping with the pioneer spirit, open to experimentation and new paths, known throughout our campus history.

Purpose:  To encourage initiatives that will improve the quality of life at St. Lawrence through curricular, co-curricular, or campus life projects and provide a foundation for St. Lawrence’s future.  

Duration: Projects funded in 2010-2011 could be one-year, one-time efforts, or could be the beginning of a multi-year or permanent program at St. Lawrence. Projects that have the opportunity for perpetuation are especially welcome.

Source:  Innovation Grants will be funded in 2010-2011 from a special gift from the Mellon Foundation, awarded to St. Lawrence specifically for initiatives suggested to a new president. 

Eligibility:  All faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a proposal to the Innovation Grants Committee, which will include two faculty, two staff and two students appointed by the President and chaired by Lisa Cania, vice president for community and employee relations.  Proposals from students should have a faculty or staff sponsor. Proposals that connect departments or divisions are especially welcome. Faculty or staff who submit proposals will be asked to incorporate the project into their work, rather than have current work displaced or released.

Exclusions:  St. Lawrence Innovation Grants will not fund travel by faculty, staff or students, though travel by visitors (workshop leaders, speakers etc. will be considered); grants will not provide special stipends to current faculty, staff or students; grants will not fund capital improvements or replace equipment in normal operating schedules.


Our criteria for proposals include: 

1.    That the initiative clearly improves the quality of life on campus in any way a Laurentian (faculty, staff or student) experiences St. Lawrence: curricular, co-curricular or campus life.

2.    That the sponsor(s) will provide a report at the end of the project period and include any relevant measurable statistics about the initiative.

3.    That the sponsor(s) will articulate the potential for continuation if the program is proposed to be multi-year or permanent and the sponsor(s) will work with the administration to locate potential funding sources. 

Full proposals are required and should include as much detail as possible regarding how the project will be implemented, including a calendar, itemized budget, name(s) of sponsors and project staff, and a description of departments and/or classes that could be involved with the program.  Please include contact information for the project coordinator from SLU and any other collaborators. Benefits should be evident and articulated.

For 2010-2011, projects will be funded up to $2500 per project.  The proposal deadline for the 2010-11 academic year will be October 15, 2010.  Proposal review will begin immediately after the deadline and those projects selected will be announced to the campus community.  


You may submit completed proposals using this Web site, which has an on-line application form. Lisa Cania, vice president for community and employee relations, will be happy to answer your questions.