Office of Research

APRIL 2021

Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

Deadline Approaching: Summer Research Assistant Funds, Due April 19

The SOURCE will continue a pilot to provide funding through a faculty-led application for undergraduate student research assistants to work during summer 2021. Funds provide a summer stipend to students for remote or in-person work with faculty mentors that supports the mentor’s ongoing research or new COVID-related research projects. Priority is given to mentors working with rising sophomores and juniors, and to mentors in humanities, social sciences, arts, communications or professional fields.

Faculty will choose the number of hours for up to three student research assistants, and may schedule these hours anytime during the summer, with no more than 40 hours/week: 200 hours ($2,800 stipend), 100 hours ($1,400 stipend), 50 hours ($700 stipend). 

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Office of Research Events

Below are upcoming research events. A full list of events from the Office of Research can be found on the Syracuse University Events Calendar or on a downloadable flyer. Most past events are recorded and can be found on the Office of Research Trainings webpage

Meeting the Requirements – Federal Funding for Research and Intellectual Property Reporting

April 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET | Zoom

The Office of Technology Transfer will present an overview of intellectual property reporting requirements for federally funded work and provide tips on how researchers can ensure timely and accurate reporting. More Information.

Building Strong Proposal Budgets

April 28 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

Join the Office of Research for a presentation and panel discussion about proposal budgets. More Information.

Managing Your Sponsored Funding

May 5 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

Join the Office of Research and Office of Sponsored Accounting for a presentation on managing your sponsored funding. More Information.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

May 12 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. More Information.

Fulbright Specialist Program

May 12 | 11:00-noon ET | Zoom

Learn more about the Fulbright Specialist Program which provides U.S. citizens who are established professionals or academics and possess expertise in qualifying disciplines with the opportunity to engage in short-term (two to six week) project-based exchanges at host institutions around the globe. More Information.


Spring 2021 Research Computing Series

Do you need more computing power to move your work forward? Attend the Research Computing Series to learn how you can leverage Syracuse University’s advanced computing resources.

  • On April 19, Shane Sanders and Justin Ehrlich from the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics will discuss some of their work in the R programming language that required extra resources beyond desktop machines.
  • On April 28, the ITS Research Computing team will provide an overview of available research computing resources and how faculty members can get started.
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Research News

Forests of Food in the City of Syracuse

Stephen Kuusisto Receives 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry

Using Syracuse Lava to Understand Metal Worlds

Information-Encoded Quilt Created by iSchool Professor Wins Juried Competition

Architecture Professor Featured in MoMA Exhibition

Engineering Professor Shobha Bhatia Receives 2021 Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Scholar Award

Pilot Program to Support Humanities Faculty Completing Scholarly Manuscript


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 on the Office of Research website. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed.

NEW! 2021 NEH American Rescue Plan (ARP): Humanities Organizations
Internal Proposal Due Date: April 21, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $500,000

NEW! 2021 William T. Grant Scholars Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: May 17, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1 per school or college
Funding Amount: $350,000

NEW! 2021 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Grants
Internal Proposal Due Date: June 15, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $180,000

NEW! July 2021 NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)-Research Partnerships – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $550,000

NEW! August 2021 American Honda Foundation Grants – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: June 15, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $75,000

September 2021 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: May 17, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $3,000,000

2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Internal Proposal Due Date: April 21, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $300,000

2022-23 Whiting Public Engagement Programs
Internal Proposal Due Date: April 21, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $50,000

September 2021 NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: May 17, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $1,250,000

Limited Submissions

Funding Opportunities

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

NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Convergence Accelerator is speeding research and discovery into practice by announcing a new funding opportunity, NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I, featuring two research track topics—the Networked Blue Economy and Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems.
LOI Deadline: May 5, 2021

NIH Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity
NIH is seeking to support collaborative investigative teams or individual scientists who propose unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, would have a major impact in developing, implementing or disseminating innovative and effective interventions to prevent, reduce or eliminate health disparities and advance health equity.
LOI Deadline: April 28, 2021

John Templeton Foundation Character Through Community
The Character Virtue Development department at the John Templeton Foundation invites proposals from organizations that seek to strengthen their understanding and practice of character development through communities of practice.
Deadline: June 11, 2021

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). 

OSP Highlights

NSF Updates

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NSF Grants Conference

The NSF is hosting its Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference during the week of June 7-11, 2021. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, May 5, at noon ET. The sessions reach capacity very quickly (within hours), so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Sign up for updates to be notified with the registration link. 

Dear Colleague Letter: A Broader Impacts Framework for Proposals Submitted to NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate

This Dear Colleague Letter offers a framework that SBE researchers can use to develop and communicate their projects’ broader impacts more effectively. This “broader impacts framework” in no way alters NSF’s existing criteria—rather, it offers guidance on how to consider and convey broader impacts in ways that are easier for others to understand.

Learn more about this new framework in a webinar hosted by Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS), April 20 at 2 p.m. Register here.


NIH Updates

Understanding NRSA Fellowship “F” and Training “T” Grants: A Video Guide
Do you have questions about the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards, especially the Individual Fellowships (F awards) and Institutional Training Grants (T awards)? In this video, NIH takes you through an overview of these two types of awards, providing some tips along the way.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce – Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey
The NIH presents the results from two surveys conducted last fall to document COVID-19’s impact on extramural research.

NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through January 2022 Council
NIH will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for the January 2022 Council, ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application (NOT-OD-21-095).


NEH Updates

NEH Virtual Workshops
NEH will be holding a series of live virtual workshops in April – June. You can view the full schedule, along with information about how to connect, on the NEH workshop website. Among the topics in this year’s series that may be of interest are funding opportunities for Museums (April 29, 2–3:30 p.m.), digital humanities (May 6, 2–3:30 p.m.), individual scholars (May 13, 2–3:30 p.m.) and archives and libraries (May 20, 2–3:30 p.m.).


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).

COVID-19 Vaccination—As of June 1, Syracuse University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff who access campus over the summer months. 


Office of Research Calendar

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Learn about what is going on in the Office of Research this month.

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