Tips for a Successful Proposal

Content: Details Matter!

  • Provide a descriptive title for each proposed activity (e.g., Workshop on Bridgerton Costume Design), as opposed to something overly generic (e.g., Fall Lecture).
  • Delineate your planned activities in some detail, including a brief description to help the review committee understand your aims. If you have prospective speakers in mind, list their names, fields, and home institutions. If your activity has a specific goal/purpose, identify it.
  • Be succinct, but provide some context to explain what you’re aiming to do: convey your vision and your plans for the requested funding.
  • Follow our Budget Tips as you develop your ideas and when submitting your proposal.
  • Visit our website to see models of working group activities (including examples of digital collaborations) and also current Corridor activities.

Budget Tips in COVID-Uncertain Times

Carefully Select Your Host Campus and Semester

Our funding stems from different Corridor endowments at three partner institutions (SU, CU, UR)—your awards are tied to these endowments via the Host Campus and Semester specified in your proposal.

  • Changing a host campus means asking for support from a different pool of funds: that is not always possible—money cannot “move” between the different endowments.
  • For remote-format activities, you must still identify a “host campus” due to our funding structure.

No COVID-Postponed Carryover Funding into 2021-22

Unlike last year’s one-time carry-over of funding, for cancelled or postponed Spring 2020 activities due to COVID, this year’s funding cannot carry over into next year. If your group wishes to host canceled activities next year, you must reapply and submit a new proposal.

Funding Options

COVID protocols currently prohibit travel, receptions, and group meals. While we hope such restrictions will ease by next academic year, we strongly encourage you to plan activities with remote-format and in-person options (or, all remote-format). Our funding can support your collaborations in many ways:

  • Honoraria
    • Scholars, artists, experts, workshop or retreat facilitators, and authors (all from non-Corridor institutions) can be paid honoraria with our funds.
    • Individuals from Corridor institutions cannot receive honoraria from our funds.
  • Campus IT Support
  • Books or E-Books
  • Consultant or Vendor Fees
  • Accessibility Funding*
    • To support accessibility and inclusive format activities, complete the Accessibility Funding section on the proposal form. For online activities, this could include real-time captioning and transcription.
  • Travel Costs (only once in-person campus activities are allowed again across the Corridor)
    • Intra-Corridor Travel Supplement* reimbursements help convene WG members from across Corridor campuses and help faculty/academic staff/graduate students attend Corridor activities (symposia, workshops, etc.) at other Corridor institutions. Guidelines are online.
  • *Note: Accessibility Funding and the Intra-Corridor Travel Supplement are both available, above and beyond amounts proposed/awarded via your Working Group Activity Budget(s).