Office of Research

JUNE 2021

Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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2021 CUSE Grants Fund 79 Projects

The Office of Research has awarded funds to 79 projects for the fourth round of the annual internal grant program to provide intramural funding for faculty research and scholarly projects. The program is funded through Invest Syracuse.

The Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program supports faculty research in all disciplines, including basic, translational and applied sciences; social sciences; physical and life sciences; engineering; liberal arts; humanities; professional schools; and creative arts, as well as various forms of scholarly activities. A total of $1.25 million was awarded for 2021 to projects representing all degree-granting schools and colleges. 

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Office of Research Internal Funding Reminders

The Office of Research is soliciting proposals from Syracuse University faculty and undergraduate students to exhibit their creative and innovative projects at the ACCelerate Festival to be held in person at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on April 8-10, 2022. The University seeks teams that will embody the intent of this three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design (SEAD). The deadline for submissions is July 6. More information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are now posted for the 2021 Postdoctoral Scholars Program. Applications for the program are due July 12. More information.


SOURCE Summer Research Programming

Any undergraduate students engaging in research this summer, either virtually or in-person, are welcome to participate in the SOURCE’s summer events, workshops and training sessions. Students may register for the SOURCE summer newsletter and directory of research students via this form

The full schedule of activities can be found on the Syracuse University Events Calendar.


Sponsored Programs Budget Updates

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has updated the Campus R&R Budget Template to reflect FY 2022 fringe rates. Please find the updated template on the OSP website [Excel]; this is effective for all new proposals.

Additionally, Sponsored Accounting and Sponsored Programs have developed a new budget modification tool to be used for any budget line changes where sponsor approval is required. When required, complete the Sponsor Required Budget Revision Form [Excel] and submit it to the appropriate OSP research administrator (RA) for review and transmittal to the Sponsor for approval.


Research News

Take Five: Syracuse Students Adapt Skillfully to Virtual ACC Meeting of the Minds

iSchool Professor Receives Highest Honor in Field of Information Science and Technology

Maxwell Scholars Publish Innovative Edited Book on Public Policy and the Life Course

NYSERDA Energy to Lead Grant to Support Net-Zero Energy Living Lab on South Campus

NIH Grant Funds Innovative Study on Childhood Stuttering

Spring 2021 Issue of ‘Wordgathering,’ a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers and Artists, Now Live

Over 8,000 Asylum Seekers Excluded Under the Trump Administration Permitted to Enter the Country Under Biden

$446K in New Funding to Support Syracuse University’s IVMF Work Advocating for Military Families

Professor Develops Model to Shape the Future of Pasta and Sustainability 

Forgotten in Plain Sight: Bringing Renewed Attention to a Famous New York City Waterway

Ph.D. Candidate Nicolás Pérez-Consuegra Leads Research Expedition in Search of Answers to Erosion in Colombia

Novel CBD Research Earns Psychology Ph.D. Candidate Prestigious Dissertation Award

Nutrition Science Student Recognized for Research Impact With Prestigious Fellowship


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! 2021 NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 2, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $5-10 million
NSF INCLUDES Alliances build the infrastructure necessary to foster collaboration and broaden participation in STEM by emphasizing collaborative infrastructure.

NEW! 2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Competition
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 18, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $6,000
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations and editions.

NEW! 2021 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 9, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $300,000
The Mellon New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last six to twelve years (2009 to 2015, inclusive).

NEW! 2022 Searle Scholars Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: July 26, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $300,000
Grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2020. 

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Funding Opportunities

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

NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants (PIPP Phase I)
The PIPP Phase I initiative intends to support planning activities encompassing (1) articulation of a grand challenge centered around a critical and broad question in pandemic predictive intelligence; (2) proposals of novel conceptual research and technology developments that aim to advance state-of-the-art forecasting, real-time monitoring, mitigation and prevention of the spread of pathogens; and (3) multidisciplinary team formation.
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021

NEH Public Humanities Projects
Supports projects across three levels of funding (planning, implementation, implementation and staff support) that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics and art history.
Deadline: Aug. 11, 2021

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Broad Agency Announcement
DARPA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts or studies and analysis proposals that address one or more of the following technical thrust areas: (1) Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design, (2) Limits of Sensing and Sensors, (3) Complex Social Systems and (4) Anticipating Surprise.
LOI Deadline: June 10, 2022

Beckman Young Investigator Program
The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. The program is open to those within the first four years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment.
Deadline: Aug. 2, 2021

Funding Opportunities

Sponsored Funding Awards

The 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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Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures [PDF]
In an effort to provide the community with helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections, NSF has developed a disclosure table to identify where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately.

Updates to Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
NSF has released a new PAPPG to be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after Oct. 4, 2021. Significant changes include:

  • A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code of conduct addressing harassment.

Engineering Fellowships
Recognizing that many universities put their faculty hiring on hold due to uncertainties created by the pandemic, NSF has launched a new postdoctoral program for recently-graduated Ph.D. students who want to stay in academia. Applications will be accepted from June 21 through July 6. 


FY 2020 By the Numbers: Extramural Investments in Research
NIH has published information regarding grant funding and success rates for research supported through our traditional annual appropriations.

Resources to Design Clinical Trials
NIH is working to enhance the quality, efficiency, accountability and transparency of their supported clinical research. One resource to help address these concerns is the NIH Research Methods Resources website. This site was recently revamped to help you better plan the design, conduct and analysis of rigorous NIH-defined clinical trials.

Reminder: 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.


Meet the New Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors
Join the Fulbright program for interactive sessions to meet the new Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador cohort. Learn about their path to Fulbright and the outcomes and impact on their teaching and research.


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. With the full return to in-person work at Syracuse University, updates to this process are forthcoming.

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.


Office of Research Calendar

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