Eligibility & Award Criteria

Who Can Apply?

Faculty: All faculty are eligible, including untenured, tenured, emeriti, and temporary faculty. Applications are encouraged from faculty in all academic divisions: arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. Preference generally will be given to untenured faculty.

Staff: All full-time staff and administrators are eligible for projects that are expected to have significant benefits for Dickinson students, the college, and CSE.

Students: Dickinson students are not eligible to apply directly for funding opportunities, but may participate in projects proposed and submitted by faculty, teaching staff, other staff and administrators.

Non-Dickinson Faculty: Faculty from other colleges or universities are eligible to apply to participate in some Dickinson workshops, but only Dickinson faculty are eligible to apply for Sustainability Education Funds (SEF Grants) and for participation in the Valley and Ridge project.

What is the Criteria Used to Determine Funding?

  • Expected contribution to curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for learning about sustainability and/or climate change problems and their solutions
  • Expected enhancement of the capabilities of faculty and students for research, scholarship, and creative work on sustainability and/or climate change
  • Potential to benefit the campus and community by advancing sustainable practices, behaviors and policies
  • Intellectual merit & cross-disciplinary
  • Development and use of innovative and active learning pedagogy
  • Support for untenured faculty
  • Support for faculty who have not received other grants recently from CSE or R & D
  • Explicit intent to use outcomes of the project to seek additional external funding
  • Applicant's previous history of grant applications with CSE and R&D, including accomplishment of promised outcomes, prudent use of awarded funds, and timely submission of final reports

What are the Priorities for Sustainability Education Funding (SEF)?

  • Filling gaps in the curriculum
  • Gateway courses that have no or minimal prerequisites and introduce students to sustainability concepts, problems and inquiry in the context of departmental majors and programs
  • Sustainability focused courses that take interdisciplinary, systems-based approaches to address social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability
  • Sustainability related courses in departments and programs that have few or no such courses
  • Courses that explore sustainability in a global context and in relation to problems of security, peace, justice and/or development
  • Courses that address sustainability principles with respect to food systems, energy systems, and built environments
  • Capstone experiences
  • Use campus operations, campus energy projects, residential life, the college farm, ALLARM, Reineman Wildlife Sanctuary, other co-curricular resources, and the local community as ‘living laboratories'
  • Connect students with Carlisle and other communities through service learning and community-based research