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Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Small Equipment Grant Program Funds 29 Proposals in 2021

The Small Equipment Grant Program is designed to strengthen research capacity and capability at Syracuse University. 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.

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Save the Date – National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grantwriting Workshops

The Office of Research, in association with Upstate Medical University and Grantwriters’ Seminars and Workshops, is pleased to sponsor the workshops “Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals” and “Write Winning NIH Renewals and Resubmissions.” This workshop series will take place virtually on Oct. 7 and 8. Registration information will be forthcoming; check the Syracuse University Calendar for updates.

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Humanities Fellowships with Fall 2021 Deadlines

A curated list of major external research humanities fellowships with Fall 2021 deadlines can be found on the Office of Research Humanities Fellowships webpage

Some highlighted fellowships include: 

2021-22 American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship and Grant Competitions

ACLS offers support to researchers through individual fellowships (non-residential) for scholars to devote six to twelve consecutive months to full-time research and/or writing. This year, ACLS fellowships are open to untenured scholars who earned a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after Sept. 30, 2013. These fellowships include the fields of classical studies, English and American literature, dynamics of place, Chinese history, ancient American art and culture, American history, Chinese or comparative literature and music studies.

Deadline: Sept. 29

National Humanities Center Fellowship

Each year, the National Humanities Center welcomes up to 40 scholars from across the humanities. During their time in residence, Fellows are given the freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the exceptional services of the center. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. In addition to all fields in the humanities, the center also accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.

Deadline: Oct. 7


Technology Transfer On-Demand Training

The Office of Technology Transfer is pleased to now offer an on-demand education program via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The CITI course presents content specifically designed for researchers, providing a comprehensive overview of university technology transfer and commercialization processes, including:

  • Partnering with a technology transfer office
  • Intellectual property in the context of a university
  • Establishing appropriate agreements
  • Licensing
  • Starting a new company

Through this course, researchers will learn to collaborate with their technology transfer office as knowledgeable and equal partners in advancing the development and commercialization of their discoveries.

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Opportunities to Volunteer as a Peer Reviewer

Serving as a grant proposal review panelist is an excellent way to learn about the grant process, become familiar with a particular grant program and/or funding agency, learn about innovations in your area of interest and network with colleagues and funding agency representatives in your field. Review panel service is one of the single best ways to prepare yourself to develop a grant proposal.

Many federal agencies rely heavily on volunteers from the academic community to provide expertise and impartiality to their review process. If you are interested in review panel service, the Office of Proposal Support Services has developed information on how you can become a review panelist.

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Research News

Transdisciplinary Syracuse University Team Awarded Grant to Address the Digital Divide in Central America

Health Resources Services Administration Grant Brings Together Professionals to Enhance Services for CNY Children and Families

Syracuse University Is Part of Elite Multi-Institutional Physics Research Hub

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Team Receives $1.5M NSF Grant to Establish Research Center for Solid-State Electric Power Storage

Syracuse University Chosen by U.S. Department of Energy to Assist Manufacturers in Reducing Carbon Footprint

SU iSchool Partakes in Three IMLS Funded Projects

Professor Christopher Green Receives Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

A&S Professor Scott Manning Stevens Awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship

New CSD Study Uses Electrical Brain Stimulation to Help Treat Stroke Patients With Aphasia

Department of Defense, Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering Partner to Develop Innovative Solutions for National Security

Tech to Market: The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Welcomes SyracuseCoE as a Channel Partner

Beth Ferri Named Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education


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

2022 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: Oct. 13
Number of Internal Nominees: 3
The MRI Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. 

2022 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Internal Proposal Due Date: Nov. 1
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $5,000
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The program is open to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 1, 2020 to Jan. 7, 2022) at the time of application.

2022 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM²D Scholars Award Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: Sept. 13
Number of Internal Nominees: 6 (1 per category)
Funding Amount: $150,000
The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM²D Scholars Award provides $150,000 to support women pursuing research in STEM2D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing & Design). Applicants must be a female, non-tenured, assistant professor with a terminal degree.

2022 Blavatnik National Awards
Internal Proposal Due Date: Sept. 12
Number of Internal Nominees: 3 (1 per category)
Funding Amount: $250,000
These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in the three disciplinary categories of life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and chemistry. The nominee must have been born in or after 1980, hold a doctoral degree and hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty position.

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Funding Opportunities

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

National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on the Experience of War
The Dialogues on the Experience of War program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Project teams should include humanities scholars, military veterans and individuals with relevant experience.
Deadline: Oct. 14

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Jefferson Science Fellowship
This program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. This one-year program provides the U.S. Department of State access to additional high-level science and technology expertise, brings a broad range of scientific and technical expertise and provides both functional and regional bureaus in the department with access to scientific and technical expertise.
Deadline: Oct. 15

P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
The P3 Program supports science-based projects developed by interdisciplinary student teams at U.S. colleges and universities. Projects must embody the P3 approach: improving the quality of people’s lives, providing economic benefits and protecting the environment.
Deadline: Oct. 27

Northeast Big Data Hub Seed Fund Program
The Seed Fund program is designed to promote collaboration and support the development and cross-pollination of tools, data and ideas, leveraging data science innovations across disciplines and sectors including academia, nonprofits, industry, government and communities. The focus areas of the Northeast Big Data Hub are Education + Data Literacy; Health; Responsible Data Science: Security + Privacy + Ethics; and Urban to Rural Communities.
Deadline: Oct. 1

Funding Opportunities

Sponsored Funding Awards

The Office of Sponsored Programs 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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National Science Foundation (NSF) Updates

Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

Save the Date! The Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference will be held October 4-8. Registration will be free of charge and opens on September 8 at noon ET. We anticipate the sessions will reach capacity very quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Sign up to receive notifications about this conference.

Dear Colleague Letter: Persons with Disabilities – STEM Engagement and Access (PWD-SEA)

This Dear Colleague Letter particularly encourages the submission of new proposals, or requests for supplemental funding to existing awards, to support existing or new access to and engagement in STEM learning, research and workforce development at proposing or awardee organizations for students, postdoctoral scholars or faculty and staff with disabilities. New proposals or supplemental funding requests to existing awards may also request support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities as participants. 


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updates

Additional Clarifications to Biosketch and Other Support Policies Now Available

Although not required until January 2022, more and more applicants and recipients are following NIH’s advice and transitioning now to the updated formats and instructions for biosketch and other support documents. NIH has updated and added FAQs, posted clarified instructions and adjusted the other support sample document in response to application questions.

Know the Basics of Review Criteria

Want to understand how NIH uses review criteria in peer review? Learn more about scored review criteria, additional review criteria and additional review considerations.

Determine Project Start Date and Understand Inexact Timing

Need help determining the start date for an NIH project? You can make an initial assessment of the estimated project start date based on the funding opportunity announcement through which you’re applying, but you shouldn’t assume NIH will make your award on the earliest possible start date from initial estimates.



Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Updates

Young Faculty Award 2022 Proposers Day Webcast

DARPA is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated research announcement for the Young Faculty Award 2022 program. The Proposers Day will be held via prerecorded webcast on Aug. 30 from 1-2 p.m. ET. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast. 


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 International Research Travel—Effective July 19, 2021, the University is allowing non-essential domestic travel for University business purposes without constraint. International travel remains for essential purposes only and travelers must submit an application for approval for international research travel.


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