Donald J. Waters, Program Officer
Helen Cullyer, Associate Program Officer
Kristen Van Leuven, Program Associate
Tara Hankinson, Program Assistant
Hans Rutimann, Senior Advisor
As part of the Mellon Foundation’s support for higher education, the Scholarly Communications program focuses broadly on all stages in the life cycle of scholarly resources. The program complements fellowships and other kinds of support for research and teaching at research universities, liberal arts colleges, independent research centers, libraries, and museums by promoting the cost-effective creation, dissemination, accessibility, and preservation of high-quality scholarly resources in humanistic studies broadly defined.
Grantmaking occurs principally in five main categories: new methods of creating scholarly resources, innovations in scholarly publication, cataloging and other forms of access, preservation, and research and evaluation. The Foundation is especially interested in developments that:
- Use forms of scholarly communications to stimulate collaborations among scholars and scholarly institutions in ways that substantially advance knowledge;
- Foster the means economically to sustain forms of scholarly communication; and
- Apply technology to forms of scholarly communications in order to improve quality, lower costs, speed up work, open new perspectives, or make work possible that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
For a more detailed discussion of current funding priorities for the Scholarly Communications Program, see Helen Cullyer and Donald J Waters, "Priorities for the Scholarly Communications Program." In The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Report from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, New York: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, pp. 34-51 (http://www.mellon.org/news_publications/annual-reports-essays/annual-reports/content2008.pdf)
Scholarly Communications and Information Technology staff are rarely able to respond positively to unsolicited requests. However, staff welcome letters of inquiry regarding ideas that fall within the program described above and review them throughout the year. Before writing, please review the Foundation's general requirements for grant proposals in the Grant Inquiries section of the main Mellon Foundation Web site. It may be helpful for you to consult the lists of recent grantees of the program in the Foundation's annual reports. We also suggest that you review the essay entitled "Priorities for the Scholarly Communications Program."
Letters of inquiry should be brief, extending no more than three pages. The letter should describe: the project for which you are seeking funding; its scope, objectives, and significance; why you require external funding and what benefits you would achieve from such funding; the specific activities for which funding is being requested; and how much funding is needed. Please also include a brief budget outlining how the funds would be allocated. Note that grants within the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program do not cover overhead or indirect costs, or graduate student tuition. We will let you know promptly whether the project fits with our current funding priorities.
Please direct all inquiries by email to:
Donald J. Waters