Office of Research

JULY 2021

Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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SOURCE Summer Research Symposium

The SOURCE Summer Research Symposium will showcase outstanding undergraduate presentations of students’ in-depth research, scholarly and creative work, and will facilitate engaging conversations about fascinating topics. The entire campus community is invited to attend and celebrate the exciting research and discovery of our undergraduate students! We will host two sessions, one virtual and one in-person.

Aug. 10 | 1-5 p.m. ET | Zoom

Aug. 11 | 10 a.m.-noon ET | First floor of Bird Library

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Sponsored Program Update

By April 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities registered in the System for Award Management. At that point, entities doing business with the federal government will use a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).

Syracuse University has been issued a UEI to be used for federal sponsored funding requests: C4BXLBC11LC6. This information may also be found on the Office of Sponsored Programs web site.


Research News

Sascha Scott Receives Smithsonian American Art Museum Award for Essay on Decolonizing U.S. Art History

Syracuse University’s First NIH S10 Grant Funds the Purchase of State-of-the-Art Microscope

Falk Researcher Discusses Impact of Olympics on Legacy of Sports Participation

A&S Forensic Scientists Design the First Machine Learning Approach to Forensic DNA Analysis

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck Guest Edits Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Cultivating Meaning: Syracuse University Scholars Explore Landscapes Through Unique Research Lenses

When It Comes to the Environmental Impact of Hydrofracking vs. Conventional Gas/Oil Drilling, Research Shows the Differences May Be Minimal

Have You Ever Wondered How Many Species Have Inhabited the Earth? A&S Researchers Confirm We May Never Know


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. 

2022 Searle Scholars Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: July 26
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. 

NEA American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations
Internal Proposal Due Date: July 26
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $150,000
One-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and arts service organizations. Grants will be made to eligible organizations to support their own operations.

NSF GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges
Internal Proposal Due Date: July 26
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $500,000
The GERMINATION program seeks to understand whether pedagogical frameworks can be developed to train academics to formulate research questions that result in transformative impacts on key societal needs.

2021 NSF Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 2
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.

2021 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 9
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 6 to 12 years (2009 to 2015, inclusive).

2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Competition
Internal Proposal Due Date: Aug. 18
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.

Limited Submissions

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Proposal Support Services works with faculty to pursue federal, state and foundation funding opportunities. Below are some highlighted opportunities:

NEH Humanities Connections
The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards support innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science and other technology-driven fields), to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.
Deadline: Sept. 14

Sony Research Award Program
The Sony Research Award program provides up to $150,000 of funding for year-long projects that are within Sony’s research areas, generally the areas of information technology; devices and materials; and biomedical and life sciences.
Deadline: Sept. 15

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2022

Knight Foundation Combatting Disinformation in Communities of Color
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks proposals for research that can inform near-term interventions that mitigate the impacts of disinformation and targeted online manipulation of communities of color.
Deadline: Sept. 15

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

Revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Current and Pending Support [PDF]
The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires information on all current and pending support for ongoing projects and proposals. NSF has provided an updated list of FAQs for the current and pending support documentation. Effective Oct. 5, 2020, current and pending support documentation must be provided using SciENcv or an NSF fillable PDF. 

NSF 101: Move ideas out of the lab with 4 NSF technology translation programs
NSF has several programs to help in the process of identifying opportunities for innovation and translation. You can get NSF funds to develop your technology, test how customers or end-users use your solutions and learn how to develop a sustainability or business plan.

Updates to Proposal & Award Policies and 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; and
  • 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.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updates

Reminder Regarding Recipient and Applicant Grants Policy Related Inquiries
Inquiries regarding general grants-policy matters are best directed first to the recipient’s Office of Sponsored Programs. In rare instances where these contacts are not able to assist in resolving the inquiry, or determine a need to seek guidance from NIH on a complex or unusual policy circumstance, recipient/applicant sponsored programs administrator (not the PD/PI) may submit policy-related inquiries on the organization’s behalf to the NIH grants policy inbox. 

When To Acknowledge NIH Support
If you have a grant from the NIH, acknowledging NIH support in published papers, press releases, and other activities that describe your NIH-funded project is a term and condition of your award.

Reminder: Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
As of May 25, 2021 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. NIH will require the use of the updated format pages for the previously mentioned submissions for anything on and after Jan. 25, 2022. Instructions on the new NIH biosketches are posted on the NIH Biosketch webpage.


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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