Office of Research

MAY 2021

Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Requests for Proposals Released

The Office of Research is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program and the 2021 Postdoctoral Scholars Program.

The Small Equipment Grant Program is designed to strengthen research capacity and capability at Syracuse University. Up to $600,000 will be awarded through this mechanism. These awards are intended to bridge the gap between major research equipment as funded through extramural grants (and requests for equipment in individual research project grants) and small items often purchased through faculty research accounts. Applications are due June 11.

The primary goal of the Postdoctoral Scholars Program is to increase the number of Syracuse University postdoctoral scholars. Funding requested through this program must be strategically leveraged to achieve this primary goal. A second goal of the program is to reward productive faculty who generate a significant amount of extramural grants, contracts or academic scholarship by providing a financial incentive to grow their research program. Applications are due July 12.

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Office of Research Events

Below are upcoming research events. A full list of events from the Office of Research can be found on the Syracuse University Events Calendar. Most past events are recorded and can be found on the Office of Research Trainings webpage

Turning Your Dissertation Into a Book (and Finding a Publisher!): Where to Begin

May 26 | 11 a.m.-noon ET | Zoom

Turning your dissertation into a book and finding someone to publish it can seem like an overwhelming task! In this session we’ll take a collective deep breath and talk about how to tackle revising your dissertation into a manuscript, finding the right press for your work and how to approach an acquisitions editor. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, CAS Dean’s Office and the Humanities Center. More Information.

Demystifying the Book Publication Process: From Peer Review to Published Author

May 26 | 1-2 p.m. ET | Zoom

You’ve found a publisher and your book manuscript has been accepted for peer review. But what happens next? In this session, the presenters walk you through what to expect throughout peer review, to contracting, copy editing, production and marketing your book. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, CAS Dean’s Office and the Humanities Center. More information.

Finding Focus: Reclaiming Your Writing in an Age of Distractions

June 7 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

In this interactive session, Professor James Lang will invite participants to consider three features of the writing process that can support or hinder our writing: the emotions that writing inspires in us, the habits that we build around our writing and the social supports that we need for productive writing. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, CAS Dean’s Office and the Humanities Center. More information.


Research News

Shana Kushner Gadarian Named 2021 Carnegie Fellow

George Langford, Virginia Burrus Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

‘Books in the Humanities’ Celebrates University Writers

Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Awarded Grant for Catheter Research Project

Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Researchers Win Artificial Intelligence Award

College of Law Faculty Place Scholarship in Top Law Journals

‘Exhibition Interrupted’ to Honor Work of Retiring Professor Anne Munly

Falk Professor Advocates for Including Autistic Adults in Research That Shapes Their World

New Research Shows Pain-Relieving Effects of CBD

Biologist Contributes to Paper on Feasibility of Using 3D Printed Insects in Mating Studies

New Study From Department of Biology Highlights Ways to Support Students in Virtual Learning Environments

Fusion of Art and Science Leads to Discovery

Bioengineering Ph.D. Student Receives National Recognition for Breakthrough Molecular Computational Tool

Libraries Receive Two Access and Digitization Grants

Libraries and American Chemical Society Sign Innovative ‘Read and Publish’ Open Access Agreement

Roger Misso Named Inaugural Syracuse University National Security Innovation Network Program Director

Founding Partner JPMorgan Chase Renews Commitment to IVMF to Enhance the Post-Service Lives of Veterans and Their Families

A Climate for Change

Producing Visionary Ideas


Limited Submission Opportunities

The following Limited Submission Opportunities were announced over the past month and are currently open. Competitions marked as “Letter of Intent” only require a short form; please submit an application as soon as you know you are interested rather than waiting for the deadline. A full explanation of the process may be found on the Office of Research website. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed. 

NEW! Summer 2021 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects
Internal Proposal Due Date: June 15, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $10,000-$100,000

NEW! Keck Science and Engineering Research Program – June 2022 Research Grants
Internal Proposal Due Date: June 21, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 4. Associate Dean of Research approval required.
Funding Amount: $1,000,000

NEW! 1907 Trailblazer Award – 2021 Cycle – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $120,000

NEW! 2021 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: June 21, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $250,000

2021 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Grants
Internal Proposal Due Date: June 15, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $180,000

July 2021 NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)-Research Partnerships – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $550,000

August 2021 American Honda Foundation Grants – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: June 15, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $75,000

Limited Submissions

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Proposal Support Services has developed a Sponsored Funding Opportunities webpage that is updated weekly with new federal, state and foundation funding opportunities relevant to campus. Below are some highlighted opportunities:

NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Collaboration With Amazon
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society.
Deadline: Aug. 3, 2021

NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
NIH is seeking to support collaborative investigative teams or individual scientists who propose unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, would have a major impact in developing, implementing or disseminating innovative and effective interventions to prevent, reduce or eliminate health disparities and advance health equity.
LOI Deadline: Sept. 10, 2021

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
This program supports innovative, experimental and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse and extensibility are valued, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities.
Deadline: June 24, 2021

Funding Opportunities

Sponsored Funding Awards

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides monthly updates on all proposals submitted through OSP and awarded to the Syracuse University community. 

You may access OSP Highlights on (NetID and password required). 

OSP Highlights

Funder Updates

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NSF Grants Conference

The NSF is hosting its Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference during the week of June 7-11, 2021. Registration will be free of charge and opened on Wednesday, May 5, at noon ET. Register now! 

NSF CAREER Program Webinars

NSF is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation at a webinar Thursday, May 20, 2021, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Both webinars will include a briefing on the CAREER program and key solicitation requirements followed by a question and answer session. Register now!

NSF 101: Five Tips for Your Broader Impacts Statement
NSF program officers provide five tips to help you with your Broader Impacts statement. Read more.


Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support format for applications, Just-in-Time Reports and Research Performance Progress Reports as of May 25, 2021. NIH will require the use of the updated format pages for the previously mentioned submissions for anything on and after Jan. 25, 2022.

Enhancing Data Access and Analysis in the Cloud Advances NIH-Supported Discovery
NIH is hosting large data sets and bringing together computational tools and cloud technologies in ways that support open access, interoperability and collaborative analyses. 

Expanding Requirement for eRA Commons IDs to All Senior/Key Personnel
Targeting due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2022, NIH will require all individuals listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form to have an eRA Commons username (Commons ID). 

Update on Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research
Health and Human Services is reversing its 2019 decision that all research applications for NIH grants and contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions will be reviewed by an Ethics Advisory Board. 


The Office of Research recently hosted webinars from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the Fulbright Specialist Program. Slides and recordings may be found on the Office of Research Trainings webpage. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program will be offering additional webinars on their programs. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Application Walk Through
Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m. ET

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards for Postdoctoral and Early Career Applicants
Thursday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET



DARPA Discover DSO Days
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring the Discover DSO Day (D3) event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The event will be held on June 23 via webcast. Advance registration is required. 


DOE Grant Writing for Early Career Scientists
The DOE Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network hosts a panel discussion on best practices in grant writing for government, non-profit and industrial funding organizations. The webinar will be held May 27, 1 p.m. ET. Register now!


Campus Research Approvals

Below are reminders for approvals required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face-to-Face Human Participant Research—Human participant research is being conducted in person, but requires the submission and approval of a Return to Face-to-Face Research Plan prior to the conduct of in-person research. 

Visiting Scholars Requests—Visiting scholars are those who are coming to campus from outside of the Central New York region for the purpose of long-term academic research. 

Approval for Essential Research Travel—University-sponsored travel by faculty and staff for essential research must be approved by the relevant chair, associate dean of research and the interim vice president for research, and for international research by the interim provost.

Service Provider, Vendor and Visitor Access to Campus—Access for service providers, vendors and individuals conducting business with a University office/department must be approved in advance by the relevant dean, director or unit leader (or their designee).

COVID-19 Vaccination—As of June 1, Syracuse University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff who access campus over the summer months. 


Office of Research Calendar

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Learn about what is going on in the Office of Research this month.

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