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Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Students Conduct Remote Summer Research; Funding Deadline Approaches

This past summer, the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE), McNair and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Programs helped more than 100 students creatively and constructively revise their project plans to allow for remote research work with the support of dedicated faculty mentors. Students interested in applying for upcoming SOURCE Academic Year Grants and Honors Program Award funding, up to $5,000, must submit applications by Oct. 22. The next deadline for student grants will be in February 2021.

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Office of Research Awareness: Updates to National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Formats

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.-noon ET | Zoom

Join the Office of Research for a workshop regarding changes to NSF proposals outlined its 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. Registration is required.

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Office of Research Awareness: Introduction to the Office of Technology Transfer and the SU Ownership and Management of Intellectual Property Policy

Nov. 11 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET | Zoom

Join the Office of Technology Transfer for an overview of the types of intellectual property protection available for technologies, including software, such as patents and copyrights, and provide tips on when and how researchers should engage with the office. Registration is required.

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Campus Research Reminders

Below are reminders for new approvals required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face-to-Face Human Participant Research – Any human participant research being conducted in person 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 must be approved by the relevant chair, associate dean of research and the interim vice president for research.

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).


Research News

NSF Equipment Grants Fund Acquisition of Two Chromatography-Mass Spectrometers

Biologists’ Study on the Persistance of Mutualisms is Published in the Prestigious Journal “Science”

ECS Professor Fanxin Kong Receives NSF Grant for Internet of Things Research

Competition, Partnerships Drive Quantum Information Research

Physics Professor Alison Patteson’s Interdisciplinary Research Selected for Grant

Professor Reza Zafarani Receives NSF CAREER Award to Study Intersection of Humans and Networks

Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF Team Up to Establish New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management


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 here. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed.

2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Nov. 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: Feb. 4, 2021

Keck Science and Engineering Research Program – December 2021 Research Grants
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Nov. 12, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2021

2021 NSF Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Nov. 12, 2020
NSF Deadline: Feb. 22, 2021

Monitoring Cause-specific School Absenteeism for Estimating Community-wide Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Transmission (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Oct. 23, 2020
CDC Deadline: Dec. 18, 2020

2021 HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Nov. 12, 2020
HRSA Deadline: Jan. 21, 2021

January 2021 NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)-Research Partnerships (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Nov. 12, 2020
NSF Deadline: Jan. 13, 2021

2021 NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Nov. 5, 2020
NIFA Deadline: Jan. 21, 2021

Limited Submissions

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:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity
The PI/co-PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting.

RFI: Templeton World Charity Foundation Grand Challenges for Human Flourishing
The Foundation is looking for ideas that can lead to new multi-grant research portfolios on human flourishing, with a particular interest in ideas for interdisciplinary scientific research towards discoveries that can promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.
RFI Deadline: Nov. 11, 2020

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)
The YFA program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. 
Executive Summary Deadline: Oct. 26, 2020

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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REMINDER: Enforcement of New Formats

NSF will be enforcing new formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents for proposals as of Oct. 5. Please review the guidelines, FAQ and examples provided by NSF for the new formats before proposal deadlines.

Updates to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Effective Oct. 5, NSF has enhanced the Project Reporting System in to implement the revised RPPR. Further details about the RPPR can be found on the About Project Reports website. Migration

NSF is taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to with a tentative target date for completion by 2022. The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will soon require the use of for the preparation and submission of core program proposals. Read more here.

NSF Grants Conference

NSF will be hosting its first-ever Virtual Grants Conference during the weeks of Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Oct. 29 at noon ET. Read more here.


NIH Updates

REMINDER: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications

NIH has released a reminder that existing guidance that restricts use of hypertext (e.g., hyperlinks and URLs) in NIH applications. Hyperlinks and URLs are only allowed when specifically noted in funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and form field instructions. The use of hyperlinks is typically limited to citing relevant publications in biosketches and publication lists. It is highly unusual for a FOA to allow links in Specific Aims, Research Strategy and other page-limited attachments. Read the full notice.

Special Exception to the Post-Submission Material Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For applications submitted for the August/October 2021 council, the NIH, AHRQ and NIOSH will accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted under all activity codes, ONLY if the FOA used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. Read the full notice.

Updates to NIH RePORT

Ten years ago, NIH launched the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website to serve as a one-stop shop for reports, data and analyses of NIH research activities. A new and modernized RePORT site as well as a faster and easier to use NIH RePORTER have now arrived. Read about the updates.

NIH Regional seminar

The NIH is bringing the Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be held this year free of charge on Oct. 27–Oct. 30. This event is designed to demystify the NIH grant application and review process. Find more information and register here.


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