FAQ

If you have specific questions that are not addressed below, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find the "Forms" page along the top menu bar. There, you will find online submission forms for submitting working group proposals, end-of-year reports, and financial worksheets for approved activities. Corridor forms are web-based via the JotForm platform. These forms can be edited and shared with your fellow working group coordinators and department administrators.

The CNY Humanities Corridor has general guidelines as to funding levels.

Typically, funding commitments for new working groups are in the $1,000 to $1,500 range. New working groups are encouraged to organize planning meetings and smaller-scale events in their first year of Corridor activities.

Continuing working groups with activities taking place at more than one CNY Humanities Corridor institution may apply for a higher level of funding, up to $5,000 for the academic year.

The recommended maximum single-event budget for a CNY Humanities Corridor activity is $2,500.

As the Corridor transitions from a calendar year schedule to an academic year schedule, and as we shift from the grant to the endowment, there will be two reporting periods for 2018-19. Fall 2018 activities will need to be reported on by December 15, and Spring 2019 activities will need to be reported on by June 15. In future years, end-of-year reports will be due on June 15 each year.

Please include all approved Corridor activities in your report.

The report is available on our "Forms" page.

Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College.

Corridor working groups must actively involve faculty from at least two Corridor institutions, even if only one campus will host the group's activities.

Faculty from the NY6 schools must have at least one faculty coordinator who is affiliated with one of the three primary institutions: Syracuse, Cornell, or Rochester.

Any Corridor institution where activities will take place must be represented by a faculty member from that institution who will be principally responsible for planning and organizing the event.

Faculty or humanities administrators at Corridor institutions who are eligible to receive sponsored funds may apply for Corridor funding to support working group activities.

Yes, faculty coordinators can be in multiple working groups. There are several faculty members who participate in two different working groups, and there are a few people involved in more. As long as a coordinator can manage the organizing responsibilities for whatever activities the groups plan, then faculty are welcome to participate in as many as are feasible.

People new to the Corridor can get involved in a variety of ways, and some suggestions are included here. 1) Browse the existing working groups to see if there is an active group already in your research area; If so, contact one of the listed coordinators. 2) Contact your own Humanities Center Director for suggestions as to potential collaborators. 3) Start your own working group: Identify one or more collaborators at another Corridor institution and submit a proposal during one of the two annual CFP periods (typically in April and October).

We request you contact the Program Coordinator via email to notify the Corridor that your colleague will be joining your working group as a faculty coordinator. Please cc the colleague who will be joining your working group on the message so we have her contact information.

If you have colleagues who wish to participate in your working group's activities but who will not organize events/activities and will not be responsible for any associated documentation or reporting, you do not need to officially add those individuals to your working group.

Unfortunately, no. Only faculty from the nine member institutions of the Central New York Humanities Corridor may apply for Corridor funding, but you are still welcome to participate in working group activities.

Colleagues from non-Corridor institutions are welcome to participate in your working group's activities. But they are not eligible for Corridor travel reimbursement to attend events, and they cannot organize Corridor activities at their home institutions.

Yes. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to participate. But such individuals cannot be considered working group coordinators, and they should not be principally responsible for planning and organizing your working group's activities. Only faculty and humanities administrators who are eligible to receive sponsored funds may be designated as coordinators for your working group.

Generally speaking, no. Corridor funding is committed to working groups for events/activities that are part of an ongoing, cross-institutional collaboration.

All publicity for CNY Humanities Corridor public events must be submitted to the Program Coordinator for approval prior to production. Please allow up to five business days for review of your publicity materials.

Please use only the official Central New York Humanities Corridor logo and acknowledgement language when creating publicity. You can also find the language in your commitment letter and on our Forms page.

To save this logo for use in approved publicity for Corridor events, on the image and select “Save As…”

Corridor Logo

All products and publicity emanating from these funds should state the following:

(Co-)Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Conferences or events which are also part of Syracuse Symposium™, the Humanities Center's Spring Symposium, or which take place in Humanities Center space in the Tolley Building (i.e., 304 Tolley; The Leonard and Ruth Sainsbury Library) should also include the following acknowledgement:

Co-sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Cornell University conferences or events should also include the following acknowledgement:

Co-sponsored by the Cornell Society for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

University of Rochester conferences or events should also include the following acknowledgement:

Co-sponsored by The Humanities Project of the University of Rochester.

Funds committed to working groups must be used to support the activities as describe in the approved proposal.

For example, if your approved proposal is for two activities, each with a budget of $2,500, and your total working group commitment is for $5,000, you are not permitted to re-allocate your commitment to support a single activity with a budget of $5,000.

In addition, working group funding must be used in the academic year in which it is committed; unused funds from one year do not rollover into the next year.

Expenditures that are not allowable include:

  • Summer salaries
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Course buyouts
  • Computer/equipment purchases

Recipients of Corridor funding must also follow and adhere to their home institution's policies for allowable expenditures.

At least six weeks prior to any Corridor activity or planned expense, please submit a financial worksheet for the event. Corridor staff will review the budget information to ensure all expenditures are allowable and that the budget total is in line with your approved proposal.

If your event takes place at a Corridor institution other than Syracuse University, the financial worksheet is required to establish the sub-award between Syracuse University's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the institution hosting the activity.

With respect to financial worksheets,  our primary concerns are:

  1. The activity location;
  2. The budget categories in which you anticipate expenses; and
  3. The financial worksheet budget total.

As long as your actual expenses match the specified categories and as long as the worksheet budget total does not exceed our commitment, it is acceptable for actual expenses to vary from your projections as long as they are within the same projected categories.

For example, say you have an event with an approved $2,500 budget. You submit a financial worksheet indicating $500 for air travel, $500 for hotel/accommodations, $500 for receptions, and $1,000 for honoraria. If your actual expenditures are $750 for air travel, $500 for hotel/accommodations, $250 for the reception, and $1,000 in honoraria, that is acceptable because the budget total and expense categories have not changed.

If there is a possibility that you will incur expenses in a particular category, we suggest putting at least a nominal dollar amount in that budget category on the financial worksheet. If you did not indicate in advance that you would be using funds for a particular budget category, the Corridor will not be able to reimburse you for those expenses.

It is helpful to think of a Corridor funding commitment as a spending limit on a credit card, rather than a bank balance. There isn’t an account in your working group’s name for the amount of your commitment. Your commitment is the total up to which your working group can be reimbursed for your approved Corridor activities.

If your working group’s approved activity comes in under budget, there is no “leftover” money or “carryover”. Any portion of your commitment not used during the academic year in which it was committed is returned to the general fund.

The Corridor will reimburse invoices up to your working group's total commitment. Invoices submitted in excess of your commitment for approved activities will not be paid. If your budget exceeds the Corridor's commitment, it is your responsibility to secure supplemental funding in advance of your activity.

The available balance of your working group commitment is your group's total commitment, less the sum of the budget totals for all financial worksheets submitted to date.

Please consult with your fellow working group coordinators to determine what financial worksheets have been submitted for your working group's activities, and the budget totals of those worksheets.

Please note: we track the remaining funds available from your commitment based on financial worksheet totals, not total invoices.