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Monthly Campus Updates from the Syracuse University Office of Research

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Registration Deadline Sept. 15: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grantwriting Workshops

The Office of Research is hosting two virtual proposal-writing workshops focused on competitive proposals to the NIH. The first workshop, “Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals,” will be held Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second workshop, “Write Winning NIH Renewals and Resubmissions,” will be held Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Syracuse University Office of Research is co-hosting this workshop with Upstate Medical University. The majority of the workshop costs are covered by these offices. There is a small fee for workshop materials. Faculty and staff should confer with their school or college on fee payment. The Graduate School will sponsor fees for a limited number of eligible Ph.D. students from NIH-supported fields.

Pre-registration will close Sept. 15.

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

Working With the Office of Sponsored Programs

Sept. 17 | 10-11 a.m. ET | Zoom

Join the Office of Sponsored Programs for an introduction to its services and staff. This educational session is designed to be especially informative for new and/or junior faculty, staff and students who engage in or provide support for externally sponsored research or scholarly projects at Syracuse University. Register now.

Working With Human Participants in Research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Sept. 29 | 10-11 a.m. ET | Zoom

The IRB provides review and oversight of all re­search involving interaction or interven­tion with human participants conducted at the University. Information regarding IRB policies and procedures, including the application, sub­mission and review processes, will be in­cluded as part of the presentation. Register now.


SOURCE Faculty Funding Opportunity: Research Assistant Grant Program

The SOURCE RA Grant Program provides funding through a faculty-led application to hire undergraduate student research assistants. Funds provide either academic year payroll or a summer stipend to students for remote or in-person work with faculty mentors that supports the mentor’s ongoing research or new research projects. The goal of this program is to provide a mutual benefit to students and faculty mentors.

Intent to Apply Deadline: October 21

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Visiting Scholar Requests

Visiting scholars are those who are coming to the Syracuse University campus for the purpose of long-term academic research and scholarship, and who will remain on campus for longer than one week. The Office of Research has updated the Visiting Scholar Request process to enable and require all visiting scholars to access and complete the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Questionnaire. A description of the updated process and the link to submit applications can be found on the Visiting Scholar Request webpage.

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Research News

Small Equipment Grants Program Funds 29 Proposals in 2021

Newhouse Professor Wins Facebook Reality Labs Research Grant to Study Impacts of Augmented and Virtual Reality

BBI Receives $6.2 Million Award for Southeast ADA Center to Advance Understanding of Disability Rights, Responsibilities

Syracuse University Humanities Center Announces 2021-22 Syracuse Symposium


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.

NEW! Fall 2021 VentureWell Course and Program Grants
Internal Proposal Due Date: Sept. 29
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Grants are awarded to faculty or staff at U.S. higher education institutions to support curriculum that engages students in science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

NEW! 2022 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: Nov. 17
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
The program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2016.

Keck Science and Engineering Research Program – December 2022 Research Grants
Internal Proposal Due Date: Dec. 6
Number of Internal Nominees: 4
The Keck Foundation supports pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. 

NEW! 2022 Moore Inventor Fellows Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: Oct. 18
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
The competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science and technology solutions to enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree.

2022 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Proposal Due Date: Oct. 13
Number of Internal Nominees: 3
The MRI Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. 

2022 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Internal Proposal Due Date: Nov. 1
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Funding Amount: $5,000
The program provides seed money for research by junior faculty at member institutions. The program is open to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 7, 2022) at the time of application.

Limited Submissions

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Proposal Support Services has updated its Sponsored Funding Opportunities webpage with federal, state and foundation funding opportunities relevant to campus in a variety of topic areas. Below are some highlighted opportunities:

UNYTE Translational Research Network Grants
UNYTE is a network of 20 biomedical research institutions in Upstate New York. The program offers awards of up to $50,000 to stimulate new inter-institutional research collaborations.
Abstract Deadline: Sept. 20

Humanities New York – SHARP Action Grants [PDF]
This special HNY SHARP Action Grant round offers up to $10,000 for the implementation of humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas and engage with others in their community.
Deadline: Oct. 1

Office of Naval Research: Young Investigator Program (YIP)
YIP seeks to identify and support scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track academic appointment, who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree on or after Jan. 1, 2014, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.
Deadline: Oct. 29

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

Register Now! Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference will be held Oct. 4-8. The conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions. Registration is free of charge. All recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event.

Updates to Biosketches and Current and Pending Support Form
Effective Oct. 4, new formats will be required for biosketches and the current and pending support form. Biosketches will be increasing the page limit from two to three pages. Current and pending support format updates include the addition of new sections for information on objectives and overlap with other projects to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication. The updated fillable PDF formats are now available. Updated SciENcv formats will be available by Sept. 17. A webinar outlining all updates to the proposal and award policy guide will take place Sept. 21.

Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures [PDF]
NSF has provided an updated chart on disclosures required for biosketches and the current and pending support forms.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updates

Register Now! Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
The Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar will be held Nov. 1-4. This event is designed to demystify the NIH grant application, review, award and post-award processes and policies. The seminar will feature three concurrent sessions designed around grants policies and programs, including case studies and Q&As.

Clarified Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While grant applications should not include contingency or recovery plans for problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, investigators may address effects due to the pandemic on productivity or other scoreable issues in the personal statement of the biosketch.

Finding Information About NIH-Funded Research on NIH RePORTER
Would you like to find out what research projects the NIH has funded in your research area? Try searching NIH RePORTER, found online at RePORTER gives you access to an extensive database of information on NIH-funded research projects. RePORTER was recently updated to provide new search option and faster performance.


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.


Office of Research Calendar

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