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Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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The deadline is approaching for applications to the 2021 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. Information sessions held earlier this month were recorded and may be found on the CUSE Grant Program web page. Office hours are available for one-on-one consultation with CUSE Grants program manager Christina Leigh Docteur.

CUSE Grant Office Hours
Feb. 17 and 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Proposal Deadline: March 1 at 5 p.m.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Write Winning Grant Proposals: National Science Foundation Focus

Syracuse University’s Office of Research is pleased to sponsor “Write Winning Grant Proposals: National Science Foundation (NSF) Focus.” This workshop will comprehensively address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals to NSF. This workshop is open to Syracuse University faculty, staff and graduate students and our colleagues at SUNY-ESF and SUNY Upstate. The fee for Syracuse University personnel is $100. The fee for SUNY-ESF and SUNY Upstate faculty and staff is $150. This is a two-day workshop and will take place virtually on March 11 and 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. 

Registration Deadline: Feb. 15

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Publishing Your Humanities Book: Know Your Audience, Reach Your Readers

The Syracuse University Humanities Center, Office of Research and College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to host Margo Irvin, acquisitions editor, and Erica Wetter, executive editor, from Stanford University Press, to offer insightful information about publishing your humanities book on Feb. 19, noon to 1 p.m. Following the general session, one-on-one consultations will be available for faculty who have questions related to their specific humanities book projects. These meetings will be scheduled on Feb. 19, 2 to 6 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Feb. 12

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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 this flyer. Most events are recorded and can be found on the Office of Research Trainings webpage

Office of Research Awareness: Using Experts@Syracuse to Manage Researcher Profiles

March 3 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

Experts@Syracuse is designed to create, manage and make public Syracuse University researcher profiles, enabling research networking and expertise discovery, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff. Join the Office of Research, Libraries and Elsevier in a demonstration and training session on using this powerful information system.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Regional Grant Writing Workshop

March 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET | Zoom

Join this NEH Division of Education workshop for an overview of NEH grant opportunities, a review of sample applications, a discussion of application writing strategies and a Q & A. Jointly hosted by the Office of Research and the Central New York Humanities Corridor (CNY Corridor), as headquartered at the Syracuse University Humanities Center, this session is open to all members of CNY Corridor institutions. Registration is now open.

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Rags to Riches: Using Cancer’s Secrets to Design Advanced Nanomaterials (hosted by BioInspired)

March 2 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET | Zoom

As part of Syracuse University’s BioInspired Institute for Materials and Living Systems, Shikha Nangia and Davoud Mozhdehi are helping to create the building blocks for a nanomedicine revolution with broad potential to bring hope and cures where none currently exist. Join them in this public presentation to learn more about how their understanding of molecular systems can lead to big changes in how we treat disease.

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SOURCE/Honors Program Grants

Undergraduate students may apply for SOURCE Summer Grants (up to $2,800) for summer 2021, SOURCE Academic Year Grants (up to $5,000) for 2021-2022 and Honors Program Awards (up to $5,000) for 2021-2022. The Intent to Apply is due Feb. 18.

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2021 Meeting of the Minds Conference Application Open

Every year, a group of undergraduates from Syracuse join students from 14 other institutions in the ACC to showcase their work, learn from peers at other colleges and universities, and network among scholars and students at the Meeting of the Minds conference. The SOURCE invites students of all disciplines to apply to present their original research or creative project, which needs to be under the mentorship of a faculty member.


PARCC Mini Grant

The John Burdick Mini-grant Award for Research on Social Movements and Social Change is designed to support faculty and graduate student projects that conduct research on social movements and social change, or employ community-based research methods (e.g., ethnography, intensive fieldwork, action research) in partnership with social movement organizations.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

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Research News

What Drugs Cause Birth Defects? Search for Answers Turbocharges Zhen Ma’s Bioengineering Lab

Hehnly Lab Awarded $1.2M NIH Grant to Research Critical Tissue Formation

Professor Rahman Awarded Google Grant to Engage Underrepresented Students in Computing Research

Future of News Production the Focus of NSF Planning Grant for iSchool and Newhouse Faculty

VPA’s Amos Kiewe’s New Book Focuses on the Rhetoric of Antisemitism

New Paper from Joseph Warburton Questions the Safety and Reward of Investing in Business Development Companies

At the Nexus of Art and Technology in Architectural Ceramics

Researchers Probe Deep Secrets in Garnet Sand from Papua New Guinea

Paleontologists Dive Into Devonian Seas

Arts and Sciences Welcomes New Director of Forensics Kathleen Corrad

Spring 2021 Office of Research Events Focus on Research Success

Faculty Writing Groups Open for Spring 2021

New Future Professors Fellowship Program Seeking Applicants


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

NEW! 2021 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Equipment Grants Program – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Feb. 24, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: Up to $500,000

NEW! 2021 NSF Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS) – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: March 3, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $2,500,000

NEW! 2021 NSF Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services and Support (ACCESS) – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: March 31, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $7,500,000-$20,000,000

NEW! 2021 NSF Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services and Support – Coordination Office (ACCESS-ACO) – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: March 31, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Funding Amount: $5,000,000 

NEW! 2021 NIH Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: March 31, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1 

NEW! 2021 NIH Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34) – Letter of Intent
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: March 31, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: 1 

2021 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)
NSF Deadline: April 7, 2021
Number of Internal Nominees: One per school or college

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:

NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Promoting Research on Interoception and Its Impact on Health and Disease
The purpose of this NOSI is to promote innovative and rigorous research on interoception and its impact on health and disease. Interoception includes the processes by which an organism senses, interprets, integrates and regulates signals originating from within itself and represents its internal states.
Deadline: Rolling

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Provides up to $60,000 ($5,000 per month) for individual scholars to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus or critical editions resulting from previous research. 
Deadline: April 14, 2021

NSF Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) Predicting Transformation of Living Systems in Evolving Environments
This solicitation is an opportunity for researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences to partner with colleagues in biology, engineering and other disciplines to develop a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from the interactions of genomes, phenotypes and other factors, and how emerging networks of natural, social and human-engineered systems influence their environment.
Deadline: May 10, 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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ENG CAREEER Proposal Writing Workshop
The 2021 NSF ENG CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held virtually April 21-23. The workshop aims to provide junior faculty who plan to submit a CAREER Award proposal to a program in the NSF’s Directorate for Engineering (ENG) with a CAREER proposal review experience and a forum in which they can interact with NSF Program Directors and recent NSF CAREER awardees.

NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Opportunities
The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences offers several opportunities that can help support early-career researchers, students, members of historically under-resourced institutions and others adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supplements for graduate and undergraduate students are available, as well as for the creation of educational sites devoted to the social, behavioral or economic sciences through the SBE Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites program (SBE REU Sites). Contact your program officer for details.


NIH Updates

Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing an opportunity for recipients in their last year of NIH Fellowship (“F”) and NIH Career Development (“K”) awards who have been impacted by COVID-19 to request extensions.

Writing a Winning Application—Consider the Review Committee
In this article series from NIH, learn best practices in NIH proposal writing. Match your research project to a review group with appropriate expertise and create an application that appeals to the reviewers by proposing concepts and preliminary data they would regard as innovative.

Writing an Effective ‘K’ Application
Kay Lund, director of Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, gives some great tips in a 25-minute YouTube video, “Writing an Effective ‘K’ Application.” It is designed for junior investigators and those who assist in the preparation of the scientific portions of an application.

NIH Launches New COVID-19 Research Website 
The new NIH COVID-19 website provides a central location for trusted, up-to-date, accurate information about NIH research and their strategic role in COVID-19 research. 

NIH and Its Institutes and Centers
Learn the distinction between NIH and its Institutes and Centers (ICs).


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).


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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