Office of Research


Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Campus Safety Reminders

As we continue our on-campus research, please remember the following precautions in University buildings: 

  • Wear face masks or face coverings.
  • Maintain least 6 feet of distance from other people in all directions.
  • Follow posted laboratory occupancy limits.
  • Clean and wipe down work surfaces when beginning work in the lab and prior to leaving the lab at the end of the day.
  • Clean and disinfect shared work areas and equipment after each use.
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are coming to campus, complete the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire which is sent by email every morning.

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).


SOURCE Faculty Mentor Funding Opportunity: Research Assistant Grants

The SOURCE is continuing a new pilot opportunity to support remote student engagement in research activity during the 2020-21 academic year and Winter Break. This is a faculty mentor-submitted application to hire undergraduate student research assistants during Winter Break and/or Spring 2021 for remote work that supports the faculty’s ongoing research or new COVID-related projects. 


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Planning to Publish or Present Research in Early 2021?

Have you disclosed the intellectual property (IP) to the Office of Technology Transfer? To protect the technology and potential copyright (as in software) or patent rights, it is essential that the IP be evaluated prior to disclosure. Due to the upcoming holidays and Orange Appreciation Days, please contact the Office of Technology Transfer as soon as possible to complete an invention disclosure. For more information please see the Office of Technology Transfer website.

Invention Disclosure

2020 Books in the Humanities

Did you or a fellow Syracuse University faculty/staff member or student write or edit a book this year (copyright 2020) that contributes to the humanities, broadly conceived? Tell the SU Humanities Center about it in a brief survey, which closes Dec. 11. Eligible books become part of the annual showcase!



Office of Research Awareness 

The Office of Research Awareness series has concluded for the fall semester. The series consisted of: 

  • Introduction to the Office of Research
  • Working with the Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Updates to National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Formats

Please see slides and recordings on the Office of Research website. The series will start again in January 2021.


BioInspired Research: How Does COVID-19 Work and How Can We Stop It?

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. EST

Join BioInspired scientists as they share how they are working against the virus that has circled the globe and how their discoveries may lead to improved understanding of existing therapies and for development of new antiviral drugs.


Research News

Engineering and Chemistry Professors Receive Powe Award to Enrich Research, Growth

Professor Mike Goode Pens Book on How Literary Classics Help Create the New Media They ‘Live’ In

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck Guest Edits Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation Special Issue for 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Professor Christa Kelleher Wins SU’s First Francis A. Kohout Award for Outstanding Achievement

Syracuse University Researchers Charles Driscoll and Peter Wilcoxen Collaborate with Harvard, Georgia Tech, Resources for the Future to Give Environmental Policies Context

Communication and Rhetorical Studies Faculty Honored by National Communication Association

Professor David Larsen Leads Wastewater Surveillance During COVID-19

The BioInspired Mind: Biophysicist Alison Patteson Uses Trio of Grant Awards to Probe Complex Living Systems


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Requests

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With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF draws attention to the opportunity for supplemental funding to help researchers, who are confronted with a short-term increase in dependent care responsibilities, ensure that the research activities supported by an NSF award can continue. 

Career Life Balance supplements to existing research awards may be requested for the following purposes:

  • To support additional personnel (e.g., a technician or research assistant) to sustain research when the PI, co-PI, or other member of the Senior Personnel is on family leave for primary dependent care responsibilities and other direct family considerations; and
  • To support additional personnel (e.g., a technician or research assistant) to sustain research while a postdoctoral researcher or graduate student being supported by NSF on the award is on family leave for primary dependent care responsibilities and other direct family considerations.

The supplemental request may include funding for up to six months of salary support or stipend.

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Limited Submission Opportunities

The following Limited Submission Opportunities were announced over the past month and are currently open. A full explanation of the process may be found here. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed.

2021 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Nov. 30, 2020
These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth in one of the following five areas: engineering and applied science; life sciences; mathematics/computer sciences; physical sciences; and policy, management, or education. The program is open to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 1, 2019 – Jan. 6, 2021).
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $5,000

2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal pre-proposal deadline: Nov. 30, 2020
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of faculty in the chemical sciences. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment and to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2015.
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $100,000

Keck Science and Engineering Research Program—December 2021 Research Grants
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Nov. 19, 2020
The W.M. Keck Foundation supports pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies. The encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact.
Number of Internal Nominees: 4
Funding Amount: ~$1,000,000

2021 Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program
Internal pre-proposal deadline: Nov. 19, 2020
This program will provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health or other outside funding sources. Applicants must be full-time assistant or associate professors.
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $80,000 over two years

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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:

Syracuse University Campus as a Lab for Sustainability (CALS) program
The CALS program is offering up to $75,000 for faculty or student projects that advance the University’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, directly or indirectly, or through raising awareness on campus about climate disruption and environmental sustainability.
Proposal Deadline: March 16, 2021
Funding Amount: $75,000 in total funding

NIH Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant
The grant supports an innovative project that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist. Applications submitted to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) must not include preliminary data.
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 26, 2021

NSF Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations
The AccelNet supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to cooperatively identify and coordinate efforts to address knowledge gaps and research needs.
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 4, 2021
Funding Amount: $250,000-$2,000,000

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants
A great opportunity for summer research support, Franklin Research Grants are open to scholars in all disciplines and are designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020
Funding Amount: $6,000

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).

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NSF Updates

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REMINDER: Enforcement of New Formats

NSF started enforcing new formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents on Oct. 5. See our session for Office of Research Awareness: Updates to NSF Proposal Formats for more details. Migration

The NSF has launched the proposal preparation demonstration site. The new demo site offers the opportunity to create proposals in with the role of a principal investigator (PI) prior to preparing and submitting proposals in the actual Proposal Submission System. 

NSF Grants Conference

The NSF is hosting its first-ever Virtual Grants Conference during the weeks of Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Sessions will be streamed live on YouTube Live and all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand. 


NIH Updates

NIH Releases New Policy for Data Management and Sharing
The NIH recently released a Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. The final policy applies to all research funded or conducted by NIH that results in the generation of scientific data.

Did You Miss the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration?
The entire conference is still available to you on the event platform until Nov. 19! The only thing missing is the immediate access to staff that the “live” event offered. Recordings of the presentations and related materials, as well as a plethora of resources from the Institute and Center exhibit hall booths await your exploration.

Get to Know Notices of Special Interest 
NIH announced the use of notices of special interest (NOSIs) in June 2019. NOSIs describe research topics in a specific scientific area and point to active funding opportunity announcements (FOAs)—usually parent announcements—through which investigators can apply for support. NOSIs replaced non-parent program announcements (PAs), which ICs used to direct grant applications toward priority scientific topics.


Office of Research Calendar

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