Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative

Click here for guidelines (requires NetID and password to view)


As part of ongoing efforts to advance the institutional research enterprise, the second round of the Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative is underway.

Cluster hires are hires of multiple scholars into at least two schools/colleges in related areas, based on shared, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research interests. Cluster hires and academic cluster creation serve to align the University’s research to extramural funding trends, strengthen research activity, enhance faculty diversity and develop opportunities for student research and learning that responds to societal challenges. Cluster areas should:

  • Represent existing strength/niche areas at Syracuse University, or a ground-breaking new area that will have transformational impact on the competitiveness and reputation of the University;
  • Encompass researchers from multiple colleges/schools and programs for collaborations;
  • Have the potential to leverage significant support from extramural grants or contracts; and
  • Generate significant scholarship, and have the potential for significant scientific, economic, environmental, and social impact.

Information on the first round of cluster hires can be found here.


The deadline for submission of the second round of cluster hire proposals is 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019.

Application and Guidelines

The guidelines and existing cluster information are posted on Answers (requires NetID and password to view): UPDATE: Page limit for proposal narrative increased. Please see new posted guidelines file.

Information Session

An information session was held on Monday, September 30, in Bird Library to engage faculty on the cluster hire process. Slides are posted on the Answers page.

Questions regarding Cluster Hires may be directed to