Syracuse University Office of Research

September 2020 – Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Resuming Face-to-Face Human Participant Research

Effective Aug. 31, 2020, research involving human participants that was halted by the COVID-19 emergency may resume and new human participant research may begin. Researchers resuming or beginning on-campus and off-campus research with human participants must submit a Return to Face-To-Face Research Plan.

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Office of Research Awareness Session

Introduction to the Office of Research

Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.-noon | Zoom

Join the Office of Research for an introduction to its services. Hear presentations from Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Protections, Office of Technology Transfer, Office of Proposal Support Services and The SOURCE (Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement). Registration is required.

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Campus Research Reminders

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

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

Psychology Professor Joseph Ditre Receives Funding to Fight Alcohol and Opioid Deaths

Burton Blatt Institute Receives $4.3M to Lead National Center on Employment Policy for Persons With Disabilities

Fellowship to Jonnell Robinson to Carry On Evan Weissman’s Vision of Advancing Food Justice in Syracuse

National Science Foundation Awards $390,000 to Syracuse University Computing Initiative

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Awarded NSF Research Grants

Limited Submission Opportunities

Syracuse University has recently updated its process for Limited Submission Funding Opportunities. The updated process may be found here

The following Limited Submission Opportunities were announced over the past month and are currently open. Internal applications are accepted until the due dates listed.

2021 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Oct. 12, 2020
NSF Deadline: Jan. 19, 2021

2021 Moore Inventor Fellows Program
Internal Pre-proposal Due Date: Oct. 19, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: Dec. 14, 2020

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

2020 NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Sept. 30, 2020
NSF Deadline: Dec. 4, 2020

2020 NSF Advanced Computing Systems and Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Oct. 8, 2020
NSF Deadline: Dec. 3, 2020

2021 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Oct. 15, 2020
NSF Deadline: Dec. 7, 2020

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

NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) – January 2021 Deadline (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Oct. 15, 2020
NIH Deadline: Jan. 27, 2021

NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (Letter of Intent)
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: Sept. 30, 2020
NIH Deadline: Jan. 25, 2021

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 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
The AISL 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.
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 12, 2021

Getty Scholar Grants
Residencies at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa will be awarded to established writers or scholars to pursue projects free from academic obligations.
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020

NIH Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported (U3) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
NIH announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting health disparities among women in the U,S. who are underrepresented, understudied and underreported in biomedical research.
Proposal Deadline
: Jan. 21, 2021

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

Research Features

New User Interface for Pivot

The Pivot-RP funding database has updated its user interface and introduced new features! Check out the updates and find new funding opportunities. 

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Libraries Data Purchase Plan

Syracuse University Libraries’ Department of Research and Scholarship is piloting a data purchase program to support Syracuse University faculty in acquiring data for their research. Datasets must cost less than $7,500 and be unrestricted; applications are due Oct. 16, 2020.

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NSF Updates

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Enforcement of New Formats

NSF will be enforcing new formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents for proposals starting Oct. 5, 2020. Please review the guidelines, FAQ and examples provided by NSF for the new formats before proposal deadlines.

NIH Updates

Writing a Winning Application

The NIH has launched a series of article on how to write a winning application. The latest edition discusses how to outline your experiments. 

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2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding

NIH has shifted its biannual regional seminar to a virtual seminar for this fall. If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 30.

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Collaboration Opportunity for DoD Research

Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) is looking for university researchers to pair with technology companies for U.S. Air Force small business SBIR/STTR grants. If you are interested in any of the Air Force topics found here, you may qualify for matching by APEX. Contact Beth Jeffrey at

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