Syracuse University Office of Research

August 2020 – Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Featured Office – The SOURCE

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The Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (The SOURCE) works to foster and support diverse undergraduate participation in faculty-guided scholarly research and creative inquiry. Kate Hanson leads the SOURCE as director and Bridget Lawson joined as assistant director in August 2020.

Stay tuned for more office features in upcoming newsletters.

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Visiting Scholar Requests

As part of the numerous health and safety precaution efforts undertaken by Syracuse University since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, University researchers and administrators seeking to host a visiting scholar must complete a Visiting Scholar Request. 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, and will remain on campus for longer than three days. 

Request Form

Campus Research Reminders

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

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

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).

Highlighted SU Research Events

Office of Research Awareness Session – Introduction to the Office of Research

Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.-noon | Zoom

Join the Office of Research for an introduction to its services. Hear presentations from Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Protections, Office of Technology Transfer, Office of Proposal Support Services and The SOURCE – Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement.

Registration is required.

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Syracuse University Libraries has developed an exciting new workshop series, “Learn@SUL,” which is being offered online this semester. Students and faculty can register to attend library research workshops covering a variety of research skills, including getting started with research, subject specific research and citation management. Take a look at the offerings at this link:

See more research support events on the Syracuse University Community Calendar.


New Online Invention Disclosure Form

To better serve the University’s research community, Technology Transfer has launched a new online invention disclosure portal. Researchers who have inventions to disclose, will find updated appearance and navigation, as well as a streamlined login process using their Syracuse University NetID and password.

Invention Disclosures

National Institute on Aging Funds Multi-University Aging and Policy Center

Center for Aging and Policy Studies

A consortium of three upstate New York universities has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to fund the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, headquartered at Syracuse University.

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More Research News From the Past Month

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Recognizes Neuroscience Professor Sandra Hewett

Newhouse Professors Stephen Masiclat and Regina Luttrell Receive Funding for Work on Technology to Combat Fake News

Engineering Professor Pranav Soman Receives Grant to Research the Potential of Laser Technology for Printing Lung Interfaces

Connecting How We Live With What Keeps Us Living

A Pathway for Creating Therapeutic Drugs

NSF Grant Funds Research of Curvature and Symmetry

BioInspired Institute Awarded NSF Grants to Study Material and Living Systems

How Physics Is Helping the Fight Against COVID-19

Where Does the Water Go?

Exploring Heritage and Tradition Through Music in Ghana

Light Work Receives National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grant

Limited Submission Opportunities

Syracuse University has recently updated its process for Limited Submission Funding Opportunities. The updated process may be found here

The following Limited Submission Opportunities were announced over the past month and are currently open. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed.

2021 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
NSF Deadline: Jan. 19, 2021

2020 NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
NSF Deadline: Nov. 4, 2020

2020 NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central) (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
NSF Deadline: Nov. 12, 2020

2020 NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
NSF Deadline: Dec. 4, 2020

NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: Jan. 25, 2021

2021 Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM²D Scholars Award Program
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: Oct. 3, 2020
Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must be a female non-tenured, assistant professor working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing & Design (STEM²D). 

Funding Opportunities

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

NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure – NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL)
This funding partnership between NSF and NEH supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use.
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 18, 2020

NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Augmented Reality
NIST is seeking applications to accelerate research and development around the use of augmented reality for improving public safety user interfaces. 
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020

Amazon Research Awards (ARA)
ARA funds proposals in a variety of research areas relevant to Amazon such as robotics, machine learning, security, and more.
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 11, 2020

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).

NSF Updates

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Updates to Required Formats

As previously announced, NSF will be transitioning to new formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents for proposals starting Oct. 5, 2020. Please review the guidelines, FAQs and examples provided by NSF for the new formats before proposal deadlines.

Deadline Extensions

NSF continues to extend deadlines for upcoming proposals or some programs have moved to no-deadline submissions. Please check with your Division as you plan for your proposal submission.

NIH Events

Facebook Live Q&A

NIH recently hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on Mentorship and Women of Color in Science. The full video may be found on YouTube.

2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding

NIH has shifted its biannual Regional Seminar to a virtual seminar for this fall. If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 30. More Information Here.