GuSH Crosswalk Seed Grant -Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

GuSH Crosswalk Seed Grant

GuSH Crosswalk Seed Grant, GuSH -CW is being provided to graduate students and teams for research project pilots that cross two or more departments or colleges through the new ProSEED Initiative. These grants are to promote creative interdisciplinarity and collaborations among researchers across campus. Unlike standard GuSH Grants, the research projects proposed do not have to meet the requirements of research for a required degree but can be for pursuing pilot projects, creating entrepreneurial opportunities and exploring interdisciplinary domains.


  1. Submit primary application through the GuSH Application (note that a faculty advisor letter is not required but if a faculty member is integral to the current support of the project then they should complete the Advisor Support Form to provide additional support for this submission.) On Section 1 of the application under "Collaborative Project" mark "Yes" and in the first line of the box for listing group members put "CROSSWALK" and then list all members of the collaboration providing name and affiliation.
  2. Submit a response to the items below to using a subject line of “GuSH-CW: (your full name)”
    • Provide details on how this initiative crosses between one or more disciplines, units or communities and what the anticipated benefits are of this collaboration
    • Identify if this pilot project is part of a new project or a continuing project and if continuing, how it contributes to the overall project.

Any application questions can be addressed to Dr. Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education,


  1. Enrolled Master’s or Ph.D. students in all CMU programs who will be in current student status in the semester(s) the work will take place. All students must be in good academic standing.
  2. The work must start within one semester of the grant being provided.


Funds are provided for legitimate research expenses for the project and are not a source of stipend or tuition funding.  Funding request can be up to $5,000 but must be well justified. In the BUDGET section of the proposal identify the overall budget and indicate current available resources and justify the need for additional resources as reflected in this grant request.  Note that projects that already have financial or other resource support have a heightened prospect for a positive review and supplemental funding.

Resources may also include space, technology, faculty/staff effort, as well as direct funding.

Items eligible for funding include:

  1. Books/e-Access to journals
  2. Travel to archives/labs/clients/research subjects, but not to conferences.  Travel includes transportation and lodging but not meal costs.
  3. Software and Datasets
  4. Art supplies and resources
  5. Human subjects - fees/incentives
  6. Programmer fees (in multi-disciplinary projects)
  7. Equipment: Before requesting equipment make sure that your department does not have the equipment available.  If they do but usage fees are required the grant can support usage fees. If they don’t then you can include purchase costs in the grant. Equipment that is purchased must be donated to the graduate program and in the application the student must indicate which faculty/staff member or laboratory will manage the equipment.
  8. Other items as required for the project

All graduate students who accept a GuSH-CW research grant commit to:

  1. Carrying out a pilot project that is interdisciplinary as evidenced by resources, collaboration and impact.
  2. Presenting a poster, paper, powerpoint,  or other appropriate format of their work at the annual Innovation with Impact Research Exhibition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. In 2015, the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015.
  3. Submitting a 2-3 page report summarizing the work they undertook with the funding and a finalized budget. This should be submitted within 2 semesters of receiving the funding.


Interdisciplinary: Identify how this initiative crosses boundaries either by unit, discipline, program or community. Identify the benefits to working across boundaries as it relates to the pilot project.  Identify the participants and resources.

Clarity:  Describe in detail the project to be funded. Both the abstract and proposal sections must be written in clear, non-specialized, generalist language as members of the review committee represent departments across the campus.

Relevance of project to field/discipline: How was your research project selected? What are the major questions and terms in your field related to your project and what are you doing in response to them? How is the project goal important? How can it contribute to advancing knowledge or the state of the art in your area of study? What resources are you bringing together from different departments to address your question? Note that these can be conceptual, financial, physical or other.

Structure: There must be a well-developed plan for structuring your work and the costs associated with it. The budget section must provide a clear description of the total expected budget for the project, whether funds have already been secured and if not where else will you be seeking funds.

Focused process/outcome: There must be a clear and focused work process in mind.  Provide a timeline of the work flow in the proposal. Costs do not have to be clearly linked to the final product/outcome, but they must be linked to part of a process clearly leading to that final product/outcome.