Whether you're new to the Central New York Humanities Corridor or you have been a collaborator for years, you may have questions about Corridor procedures and policies.
We have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions for your reference.
If you have specific questions which are not addressed below, please contact the Mellon Coordinator.
CNY Humanities Corridor forms can be accessed here.
Corridor forms are available as web-based forms and in MS Word format. We encourage you to use the web-based versions for ease of editing and sharing submissions with your fellow working group coordiantors and department admins.
The CNY Humanities Corridor has some general guidelines with respect to funding levels during the pre-endowment period (2015 - 2017).
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 calendar year.
The recommended maximum single-event budget for CNY Humanities Corridor activity is $2,500.
If you are using the recommended web-based version of a Corridor form, your document will be automatically uploaded for review when you click "Submit" after completing the required fields. You will also be provided with a link to access or edit your submission.
If you are using an MS Word version of a Corridor form, please submit your documents through the Corridor's upload portal.
If you have any difficulties with the upload portal please contact the Mellon Coordinator.
If your last activity for the calendar year occurs before October 15, please submit an end-of-year report within 30 days of that final activity.
If your last activity for the calendar year occurs between October 16 and December 5, please submit your report by December 13.
Please include all approved Corridor activities for the calenar year in your report.
The report template is available on our "Forms and Proposals" page.
Corridor working groups must actively involve faculty from at least two Corridor institutions, even if only one campus will host the group's activities.
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.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty at Corridor institutions who are eligible to receive sponsored funds may apply for Corridor funding to support working group activities.
We request you contact the Mellon 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.
No. Only faculty from the nine member institutions of the Central New York Humanities Corridor may apply for Corridor funding.
Colleagues at non-Corridor institutions are not eligible for travel reimbursement to attend Corridor events and cannot organize Corridor activities at their home institutions. They are, however welcome to participate in your working group's activities.
Yes. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may participate in your working group's activities. Such individuals are not, however, considered working group coordinators, and should not be principally responsible for planning and organizing your working group's activities. Only tenured and tenure track faculty 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.
Beginning in 2015, all publicity for CNY Humanities Corridor public events must be submitted to the Mellon Coordinator for approval prior to production. Please allow up to five business days for review of your publicity materials.
Please use only the office Central New York Humanities Corridor logos and acknowledgement language when creating publicity. You can access complete the Corridor boilerplate and download the Corridor logo on our media page.
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 faculty 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 calendar year in which it is committed.
Expenditures that are not allowable include:
Recipients of Corridor funding must also follow and adhere to their home institution's policies for allowable expenditures.
At least six weeks before 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 keeping with what was approved in your 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 submitted expenses match the specified budget categories and the worksheet budget total does not change, it is acceptable to shift expenses between your budget categories.
For example, assume 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 the 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 your 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 calendar year in which it was committed is returned to the general grant 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.
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.