Carnegie Mellon University

GuSH Crosswalk Seed Grant

GuSH Crosswalk Seed Grant, GuSH -CW is being provided to graduate student teams for research project pilots that cross two or more departments or colleges through the 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 should be for pursuing pilot projects, creating entrepreneurial opportunities and exploring interdisciplinary domains. Interdisciplinary teams must include students in two or more disciplines, not faculty.  Information and details about the application process are listed below.

GuSH-CW Application Periods can be found here

Application Requirements:

  1. Submit primary application through the GuSH Application. In 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.  Identify a primary contact for the project.
  2. Submit a response to the items below to using a subject line of “GuSH-CW: (your full name)”by the submission deadline:
    • Provide details on how this initiative crosses between disciplines, units or communities and what the anticipated benefits are of this collaboration.  Also identify the roles/intellectual contribution that each of the students will have in the project.
    • 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
  3. Faculty advisors must submit a support letter to, not to exceed ½ page, to indicate awareness of the project and approval. This must be received by the submission deadline.


  1. Enrolled Master’s or Ph.D. students in all CMU programs who are in current student status and will be for the duration of the project.
  2. The work must be completed within three semesters 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.  A funding request can be up to $1,000 but must be well justified. In the BUDGET section of the proposal identify the overall budget, indicate current available resources and justify the need for additional resources as reflected in this grant request.  The budget should provide a detailed listing of what the grant resources will be applied to and this will be checked against the receipts that are submitted for the projects.   All additional resources needed for the success of the project should be identified as well. An indication of resources may also include space, technology, faculty/staff effort, as well as direct funding.

Items eligible for funding include:

  • Books/e-Access to journals
  • Travel to archives/labs/clients/research subjects, but not to conferences.  Travel includes transportation and lodging but not meal costs.
  • Software and Datasets
  • Art supplies and resources
  • Human subjects - fees/incentives
  • Programmer fees (in multi-disciplinary projects)
  • Equipment: Before requesting equipment, make sure that the collaborating units or departments do 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 at the end of the project.  Computers cannot be purchased with this funding .
  • 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, or other appropriate format of their work at the annual Innovation with Impact Research Exhibition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. In 2019, the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019.
  3. Submitting a 2-3 page report summarizing the work they undertook with the funding and a finalized budget. This should be submitted within 3 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 student participants and resources and clearly indicate how each participant will be engaged in the project such that there will be truly collaborative interaction.  State specifically how the intended use of funds will enable this collaboration.

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. Proposals that do not meet this criteria will not be considered for review.

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

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

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.


Any application questions can be addressed to:

Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213