JULY 2020

Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Return to Campus Research Reminders

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

  • All work areas must be cleaned and wiped down daily when beginning work in the lab and prior to leaving the lab at the end of the day. 
  • Shared work areas and equipment should be cleaned and disinfected 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.

Additionally, essential research-related travel may continue, but approvals must be obtained for travel more than 100 miles from Syracuse, NY. 

More Information

CUSE Grant Program Awards Funding

The CUSE (Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence) Grant Program is designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, to grow the research enterprise and enhance scholarship at Syracuse University in order to increase extramural funding and high-quality scholarly output. This year, $1M was awarded to Syracuse University faculty from 10 schools and colleges for 59 unique projects.The next CUSE Request for Proposals is anticipated to be released in fall 2021.

A full list of funded projects may be found on SU Answers (NetID and password required).

Sponsored Funding Awards

Based on current award information, Syracuse University is projected to end FY2020 with $82M in sponsored funding awards, with $9M in funding awarded in June. The University submitted $286M in sponsored funding proposals in FY2020, with $25M in proposals for June. 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 SU Answers (NetID and password required).

Research News From the Past Month

The following research items were highlighted in SU News or from campus resources of the past month.

Dana Olwan Receives 2020 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

School of Architecture Professor Lawrence Chua Awarded Fellowship at the Getty Research Institute

Syracuse University Libraries Develops ‘Research Guide on Resources for Racial Justice’

Engineering Professor Pranav Soman and Student Receive NSF funding for 3D Printing of Microfluidic Devices on Demand

School of Architecture Professor Nina Sharifi Named Upjohn Research Initiative Grant Recipient

Arts and Sciences Biologists Win the Thomas Henry Huxley Award for Their Creation of an Evolutionary Learning Module

University Team Receives Department of Energy Award to Develop Next Generation Retrofit Solutions to Reduce Energy Bills

Chemistry Professor Robert Doyle Develops Potential Drug to Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Harsh Side Effects

Physicist Brown Awarded NSF Grant for Gravitational Wave Research

Who Is Your Research Administrator?

In an effort to better serve the University Community and to balance the workload distributions within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), we have made some adjustments to the research administrator workload assignments. To review these adjustments, and to contact the research administrator that supports your school, college, department or center, please visit our recently updated “Contact” listing on the OSP website.

Coming Soon – New Online Invention Disclosure Form

Technology Transfer (OTT) is excited to launch a new online invention disclosure platform in late July. This web-based form will include an updated appearance, navigation and single sign on access (NetID and password). Look for communications regarding the launch in a few weeks. Until the launch, OTT forms and resources are available at techtransfer.syr.edu.

FY2021 Fringe Benefit Rates

The University has negotiated new fringe benefit rates with the federal government for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). The OSP budget template has been updated with these new fringe rates, so please download this new template for future proposals.

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:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Media Projects: Development and Production Grants
The media projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that are grounded in humanities scholarship and engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.
Deadline: August 12, 2020
Please reach out to Sarah Workman, assistant director of proposal development (Humanities) at srworkma@syr.edu for more information.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Harnessing Enzymatic Activity for Lifesaving Remedies (HEALR)
HEALR aims to develop: (1) tools to target microbial pathogens via protein degradation (i.e., target-binding ligand development); (2) innovative modalities to enable new pathways to protein degradation or deactivation; and (3) a platform that leverages these advances to permit flexible and rapid response to emerging threats.
Abstract Deadline: August 11, 2020

William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants on Reducing Inequality
This program seek studies that aim to build, test or increase understanding of programs, policies or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status or immigrant origins.
Letters of Inquiry Deadline: August 4, 2020

Sony Research Award Program
The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD per year for each accepted proposal, awards are offered in the areas of Information Technology, Devices and Materials, and Biomedical & Life Science. 
Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2020

Limited Submissions

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). The following competitions are currently open:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends. The NEH will accept only two submissions from tenure-track faculty at Syracuse University. The deadline for internal submissions is Monday, August 17.
  • 2021 Searle Scholars Program. Syracuse University will nominate one applicants in the research areas in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2019. The deadline for internal submissions is Thursday, July 30, 2020.

NSF Updates

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CAREER Proposals

NSF is extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until Tuesday, August 11, 2020. In order to ensure timely proposal review and decision making, NSF strongly encourages submission of CAREER proposals on or before the original deadline of July 27, 2020. Read more here.

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 COVID-19 Updates


NIH continues to update its web page on Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding for the impacts of COVID-19 to research programs. Applicants and awardees should review this page with initial questions on COVID-19 impacts. For upcoming proposals, new guidance has been issued and peer reviewers and panels will not be considering impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency plans will not be considered in peer review but, if needed, COVID-19 contingency plans will be requested and carefully considered by NIH staff, before funding. 

Highlighted Research Events

Introduction to Inspec Analytics

July 29 | 3 – 4 p.m, EDT

This Syracuse Libraries introductory session will help researchers find interdisciplinary collaborators and benchmark your organization against competitors with this research intelligence tool based on the Inspec database. Register at: https://syr.libwizard.com/f/IA 

See more Syracuse Libraries research events on the SU Calendar.