SCIF FAQ

What do I need for SCIF?
  • To be a student, faculty member, or staff member
  • A project idea
  • An advisor
  • A budget
  • An application
  • To contact the SCIF manager

Based on SCIF bylaws, a sustainable project is a project that contributes to one or more of the following areas of consideration.

  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Sewage and storm water output reduction
  • All types of pollution reduction
    • Hazardous waste
    • Solid waste
    • Liquid waste
    • Gaseous emissions
  • Operations improvements that decrease environmental impacts
  • Environmental procurement practices
  • Environmental leadership development within the university
  • Number of individuals with improved environmental literacy and increased levels of participation in conservation/sustainable activities
  • Education of and reputation building with surrounding community
  • Creative ways to convey and communicate aspects of conservation and climate change to the larger university community
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

SCIF projects must be either on campus or directly associated with campus. There have been off-campus projects with university partners in the past. For more information, see past annual reports.

There are all sorts of projects that utilize SCIF funding. For more information, read the selection criteria and past annual reports.

  • Your grant size (small, medium, or large) should depend on your budget needs.
  • Those working on projects for course credit are recommended to apply for small or medium grant awards.
  • Those who have the flexibility to work on a project over multiple semesters (such as Block U final projects, theses, or departmental projects) are invited to apply for all three sizes of grants.
  • Medium grant projects that require a high degree of campus approval or have a high degree of complexity may be asked to apply with large grants so applicants can have increased levels of support during the design and implementation processes.

Many project ideas require collaboration with other departments on campus. These cross-departmental collaborations can occur with a range of the departments, including:

  • Facilities Management (including Energy Management, Landscape Maintenance, and Recycling)
  • Dining Services
  • Housing & Residential Education
  • Academic Affairs
  • Academic departments
  • Athletics
  • Student Services
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Yes, you are able to apply for additional grants as long as past grant contracts are fulfilled.
  • Students who have been successful on previous projects have a higher likelihood for success on larger/more-complex projects

Any University faculty or staff member.

No, but some classes have SCIF projects built into their curriculum.

  • Grants are evaluated by a seven-person committee, called the SCIF Allocations Committee, comprised of a cross section of campus that makes decisions for all grants over $1,000.
  • For all projects less than $1,000, the decisions are made by the SCIF Micro-grant Committee, which is comprised of the chief sustainability officer, a student representative, and the SCIF manager.
  • Set up a meeting with the SCIF manager.
  • Plan and design your project.
  • Contact all relevant parties – SCIF manager can help.
  • Submit rough draft of application and proposal to the SCIF manager for review.
  • If you are planning on doing a project that will change the landscape or is permanent, please refer to the SCIF Landscape Structure Checklist.
  • Once feedback is received, revise your application and submit final draft to SCIF manager.
  • All final drafts will be sent to the Allocations Committee.
  • The Allocations Committee will meet to discuss the project. During this time it is common for the committee to provide questions and feedback for the applicant.
  • The applicant will have one week to draft responses that will then be submitted to the Allocations Committee for final decision.
  • The Allocations Committee will vote on all submitted applications (this process can range between 1-2 weeks).
  • The SCIF manager will inform all candidates about the decisions and then all approved projects will begin
  • Make sure you gather and submit all of the following
    • A line-item budget and copies of all receipts/invoices
    • At least 5 photos of the project
    • A 100-200 word abstract summarizing the project
  • Fill out the final report form and submit it to the SCIF manager – found here.

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