JUNE 2020

News from the Syracuse University Office of Research

Campus in summer

Return to Campus Research

As Phase One of the Return to Campus Plan commenced on June 3, Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS) has coordinated with the Office of Research to provide Return to Research Guidance for campus use. This document aligns with the Return to Campus Plan for Faculty and Staff and is intended to provide more guidance for on-campus research activities. All researchers are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this document.

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IRB Pause on Research 

The Office of Research Integrity and Protections/Institutional Review Board, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, is developing Return to Human Participant In-Person Research Guidance. The document will incorporate state, local and institutional policies regarding COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for in-person participant research taking place on campus, in the community, in the United States and internationally. Guidance will be disseminated to the Syracuse University research community as soon as it becomes available.  

Summer 2020 SOURCE Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

The SOURCE is piloting a new opportunity to support remote student engagement in research activity during summer 2020. Faculty may submit proposals to hire undergraduate research assistants for remote work to further existing projects or new COVID-related research projects. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, with priority consideration given to proposals received by June 10.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Proposal Support Services has developed a Sponsored Funding Opportunities web page which is updated weekly with new federal, state and foundation funding opportunities relevant to campus. Visit the page to find the latest research 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 here (SU sign-in required).

Celebrate Success

Patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Syracuse University faculty inventors and their graduate student inventors are posted to The Office of Technology (OTT) website weekly. In addition, published patent applications are posted by OTT to Experts

NEH Limited Submission

NEH Seal

The Syracuse University Office of Research has opened the Limited Submission Opportunity for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends competition. The NEH will accept only two submissions from tenure-track faculty at Syracuse University. The deadline for internal submissions is Monday, August 17.

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NSF Updates

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On June 1, NSF implemented the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing stress on proposers, NSF has made the decision to delay the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until Oct. 1, 2020.

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NIH Updates

Updated Forms and FOAs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a summary of changes for FORMS-F, an updated version of the NIH application package for proposals due on or after May 25, 2020. These form changes have minimal impact on researchers, as the NIH ASSIST system used exclusively by OSP for NIH submissions automatically updates to the compliant forms depending on the program due dates. See the Office of Sponsored Programs guidance for further NIH Updates.

COVID Survey Repository

Check out NIH’s COVID-19 Portfolio, a repository that contains expert-curated, peer-reviewed articles from PubMed and preprints, and two survey item platforms that collate and standardize COVID-19-related survey items and investigator contact information.

Highlighted Funder Events

How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem Webinar

June 19 | 8:45a – noon

The Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC) is hosting a webinar event for universities interested in working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This LIVE virtual event is a great opportunity for University researchers and administrators to learn how to do business with the Air Force Research Laboratory—from basic to applied. Speakers will include representatives from BRICC, AFOSR, Basic Research Office at OSD, APEX, Doolittle Institute and Adranos Inc. More Details

DARPA Discover DSO Day (D3)

June 24-25

The goals of this event are to: 1) familiarize participants with the Defense Sciences Office’s mission; 2) promote understanding of the anticipated Office-wide BAA; and 3) facilitate discussions with potential performers. Registration closes on June 17. More Details