Call for Proposals

Crossing Boundaries Project, Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Call for Project Proposals

Current for Spring 2014

Crossing Boundaries Core Elements Information Sheet

Detailed proposal guidelines

Online submission form

In 2012, St. Lawrence University was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for a five-year project, “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning Humanities for the 21st Century,” with the understanding and belief that certain forms of knowledge can no longer be isolated, and that issues we confront today as humans compel us to think across traditional boundaries.

The Crossing Boundaries initiative continues to seek proposals that reshape the structures characterizing our humanities curriculum to create meaningful integration and collaboration. The three pillars of the Crossing Boundaries grant are intertextuality/multi-modal literacy; collaboration; and integrative learning. (For more information on these aspects of the grant, see the attached information sheet.)

Crossing Boundaries can fund small-scale projects of up to $2,000 and a limited number of large-scale grants exceeding $2,000. Both categories of grants can help defray costs associated with digitization; books, materials, software, collaborative project travel (but not student travel), speaker fees, and student researchers or project assistants.  

For our Spring 2014 deadline, we strongly encourage:

  1. Proposals that bring University resources  (e.g. special collections and gallery materials) to a classroom context in service of developing a digital component or project
  2. Proposals with three or more participants representing departments in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities
  3. Collaborations with outside institutions, especially New York Six schools
  4. New models of collaboration that engage students as project participants (fellowships, internships, work study)


  • Small-scale grants (up to $2,000): May be submitted at any point
  • Large-scale grants (more than $2,000): Proposals due Friday, March 28.

For more information, contact Richard Jenseth ( or Matt Lavin ( We will provide detailed guidelines for submissions, and individual consultations on project ideas.