Tips for a Successful Proposal


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 below as you develop your ideas and when submitting your proposal.
  • Review the models of working group activities (including examples of digital collaborations) and also current Corridor activities.


Budget Tips

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.

Funding Options

COVID continues to impact planning, collaboration, and campus protocols about hosting in-person activities (or using funds to support travel). Please keep apprised of evolving COVID guidelines on Corridor campuses that could affect your Working Group activities. Remote-format activities allow broad engagement, support international participation and guests, and are "greener." We therefore encourage you to consider a mix of formats (hybrid, remote, in-person) and welcome proposals for fully remote-format activities to sustain collaborations in an inclusive way for all participants at this time.

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, E-Books, or Supplies
  • Consultant or Vendor Fees
  • Catering and Meals (in accordance with the host campus’s public health guidelines)
  • 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 (in accordance with the host campus’s public health guidelines)
    • 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.
  • *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).

Changing, Postponing, or Cancelling Working Group Activities

We welcome proposals for in-person events but encourage working groups to think about how they would adapt to unforeseen circumstances like increased COVID restrictions. Here’s some guidance if you need to cancel or adjust your proposed activities after your group is awarded funding.

  • If your group wishes to postpone an activity to a different academic year than the one for which it was awarded you must reapply and submit a new proposal. Please also kindly notify us at cnyhumanities@syr.edu if an activity is canceled. Corridor funding cannot carry forward over into another academic year.
  • If your group wishes to postpone an activity from fall semester to spring semester (in the same academic year), you must submit a Revise an Existing Award form.
  • If your group wishes to revise your budget (for example, to reallocate travel funds to IT support in order to shift an in-person event to a virtual format), you must submit a Revise an Existing Award form.

When do you need to submit a request to revise an award activity? Well in advance of your awarded activity, please submit a "Revise an Existing Award" form if you want to request: a change in host campus (e.g., from Cornell to Rochester); a change in semester in the same academic year (e.g., Fall to Spring); or a change in budget categories or amounts (e.g., increase in honorarium amounts beyond your original award, or change funds awarded for reception/meals award to instead buy books).