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Year of Water—Call for Proposals
February 23, 2010, Volume 56, No. 23


Year of Water

As you may know, the Provost’s theme year for 2010-2011 is dedicated as the Year of Water, and following the tradition established with the Year of Evolution in 2008-09 and Arts & The City in 2009-10, we are encouraging programming that relates to the topic in many contexts: the sciences, the humanities, social culture and policy, the arts, etc.

To further this goal, the Provost’s office will sponsor a Year of Water Grants Program that will offer opportunities to create, participate in, and learn about water.  The Grants Committee will evaluate applications based on the quality and innovation of the project and its potential to engage and involve the Penn community. We encourage multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects between Penn organizations and schools. Project leaders are encouraged to reach out to other schools and departments, especially to share expertise, networking opportunities, and invite lists.

The guidelines are (below) for proposals for grants of up to $750, for which Penn faculty, students and staff can apply, either individually or in groups. There will be some additional funding at a higher level available for special projects—generally, larger conferences, speakers or special symposia that are co-sponsored by several Penn Schools or Centers. An example from the Arts & The City Year is a talk by performance artist and social policy expert Anna Deavere Smith, co-produced by the Center for Public Health, the Provost’s Office, and College Houses.

For more information on the Year of Water, please contact David Fox (dfox@upenn.edu). We look forward to your participation.

—Andrew Binns, Vice Provost for Education, Professor of Biology


• You must be a current University of Pennsylvania student, faculty, or staff member, or a group comprised of at least 80% current University of Pennsylvania students.

• You may apply as an individual student OR as the representative of a student organization.

• Faculty and staff projects must engage students as the primary participants.

• For groups that are not formally registered with the Office of Student Life, a sponsoring Penn department or program is required.

• Funding will be not given for proposals submitted after the activity has taken place.

• Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadlines and Submission

• Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.  We encourage submission as early as possible.

• All applications should be submitted electronically to: Year of Water Grants Committee, c/o David Fox (dfox@upenn.edu)

• Please use the subject heading “Year of Water Grant Application.”


• The final project must be accessible to the entire Penn community (anyone from Penn’s campus must be able to participate and/or attend).

• Grants can be up to $750.

• Applicants may request funding for the following project expenses: Materials, transportation, equipment, publicity, facilities, fees, and payment to professional performers or technical assistants. Requests for travel or accommodation expenses for individual applicants are rarely funded, and applicants will be encouraged to rent or borrow equipment whenever possible.

• Applicants may not request funding for: Food and beverages or reception costs, stipends for their own time or work in creating the project, events designed as fundraising efforts for other non-profit organizations, routine curricular activities, or annual funding.

• Students involved in the project cannot receive academic credit from any institution or department for the project. This includes senior theses and senior projects.

• Please submit a thorough and professional application, including logistics, resources needed, and any details that have already been confirmed, as well as the following information:

1) Name of individual, department, center or group applying;

2) Name, campus address, e-mail, phone, and position for contact person and/or sponsoring faculty, program, or student group;

3) Name, date, time, and location of the activity (if applicable);

4) Number of students participating in the project and expected audience size (if applicable);

5) Brief description (up to 250 words) of the proposed activity and how it meets the grant criteria;

6) Location of the proposed project or event (applicant is responsible for all appropriate clearances);

7) Total amount of funding requested, list of other sources of funding, and itemized budget. If proposed activity is part of a larger activity (such as a campus-wide event or conference), provide a brief budget summary for the entire project;

8) University account number of sponsoring organization, department, program or student group, as well as the name, e-mail, and phone number of the person responsible for that account’s funds;

9) List of contacts for any non-Penn groups involved in the collaboration.


Related: Rose George’s The Big Necessity Penn Reading Project book for 2010-2011

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