InCites Benchmarking & Analytics Training

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics Training

Please join the Office of Research and the Libraries on October 16th for hands on workshop for InCites Benchmarking & Analytics. This research evaluation reporting tool – available to the entire University – allows users to analyze & visualize publication and citation data from the Web of Science Core Collection. In this workshop, learn the potential of InCites to benchmark different areas of Syracuse University’s research performance against peer institutions around the world, to identify areas of institutional strength and potential gaps.

Wednesday, October 16th
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (both sessions will be the same content)
Room 114 Bird Library


Please bring your laptop and your questions!  If you have not accessed InCites before, you will need to complete a brief sign-in page with your email, a password, your primary job type and area of interest.

LIMITED SUBMISSION – 2020 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Syracuse University Office of Research is conducting an internal competition to determine nominees for the 2020 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. For this NSF program, Syracuse University may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

Internal Deadline: Monday, October 7, 2019

Applications can be submitted through Syracuse University’s Application Portal. More information can be found here.

Awardees Announced for Travel Subsidy Program – NSF Grants Conference

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the following individuals were selected for funding under the Travel Subsidy Program – Fall 2019 National Science Foundation Grants Conference.

Heath Hanlin, Associate Professor, Department of Transmedia

Bryan Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Fanxin Kong, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Zhen Ma, Assistant Professor, Samuel & Carol Nappi Research Scholar, Department of Biomedical & Chemical Engineering

Brian McKernan, Research Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies

Zhao Qin, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Baris Salman, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The NSF Grants Conference is primarily designed to provide new faculty and researchers with key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF, including proposal preparation and merit review basics. Selected faculty members will learn more about relevant funding opportunities and will meet with program representatives and existing grantees. Each faculty member will receive $1000 towards travel costs to attend the conference.

Congratulations to all the awardees!

INFORMATION SESSION – Pew Biomedical Scholars Webinar Invitation

Please join the Office of Foundation Relations and the Office of Research for the Pew Biomedical Programs Informational Webinar next Tuesday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m in Lyman room 312.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research are national funding initiatives designed to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Each award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

This year, Pew Biomedical Programs staff will host an informational webinar for institutional nomination committees and potential applicants from the list of participating  institutions for each program so that they may learn more about both programs in advance of our summer 2019 call for nominations. We highly encourage you to register for this event, even if your institution has nominated a candidate in the past. Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of the Pew Charitable Trusts Mission and Current Work
  • Biomedical Funding Opportunities
  • Program Eligibility Criteria for both the Pew Scholars and Pew-Stewart Programs
  • Similarities and differences between the Scholars and Pew-Stewart programs
  • Keys to Selecting a Competitive Candidate
  • Application Process Overview and Timeline

There will also be a Q&A session for clarification of any additional questions you may have.

For complete program information visit:

Pew Scholars Program Site

Pew Stewart Program Site


We hope you can join us!


Christina Leigh Docteur, Office of Research,

Melissa Whipps, Foundation Relations,

Important Changes to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)/R15 Program

As announced in guide notice NOT-OD-19-015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has changed its approach to how it uses the R15 activity code.  The current AREA Parent Announcement, PA-18-504, expires after January 7, 2019.

Research enhancement opportunities will now be split between two distinct programs:

  1. Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) will be reserved for grants to undergraduate-focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from NIH; and
  2. Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) that will support graduate schools of arts and sciences and health professional schools that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees.

As background, the goals of the R15 program are to support meritorious research, expose students to research, and strengthen the research environment of an institution.

It is important to note that each funding opportunity announcement includes detailed program-specific eligibility information that supersedes any general information listed here.

Eligibility for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program for undergraduate-focused institutions requires that:

  • The applicant institution must be an accredited public or non-profit private school that grants baccalaureate degrees in biomedical sciences.
  • At the time of application submission, all the non-health professional components of the institution together have not received support from the NIH totaling more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in 4 of the last 7 federal fiscal years.*
  • A signed letter is required from the Provost or similar official with institution-wide responsibility verifying the eligibility of the applicant institution at the time of application submission. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will coordinate with the Office of the Provost to obtain the signed letter.

Organization eligibility for the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) program for graduate schools and health professional schools require that:

  • The applicant organization must be an accredited public or non-profit private school that grants baccalaureate or advanced degrees in health professions or advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.
  • At the time of application submission, the applicant institution (all components) may not have received support from the NIH totaling more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in 4 of the last 7 federal fiscal years.*
  • A signed letter is required from the Provost or similar official with institution-wide responsibility verifying the eligibility of the applicant institution at the time of application submission. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will coordinate with the Office of the Provost to obtain the signed letter.

*For both AREA and REAP program eligibility, please note that all activity codes are included in the eligibility calculations except the following: C06, S10, and all activity codes starting with a G.

Syracuse University currently meets the eligibility requirements for both the AREA and REAP programs, however specific program announcements/solicitations from NIH institutes/centers may have additional requirements/limitations so it is important to ensure that you read these documents carefully. Questions regarding eligibility may also be directed to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

A New NIH Acronym To Know: BESH

NIH recently introduced a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) designation for prospective basic science studies involving human participants, to be called Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH). FOAs can now have any of the following clinical trial (CT) classifications:

  • CT Not Allowed
  • CT Optional
  • Mechanistic CT Only
  • BESH Required
  • CT Required

When you’re ready to submit your next application, you must select a FOA that accepts the type of research you wish to propose. Learn more from the NIAID Funding News here: A New NIH Acronym To Know: BESH


Request for Applications: 2019 Small Equipment Grant

Online application form


Research infrastructure often becomes a limiting factor for routine operations of laboratories and research programs. This is particularly true with relatively small-size equipment because such equipment often is more expensive than is affordable on a research grant, but less expensive than those that can be funded through extramural equipment grant programs. The Small Equipment Grant Program is designed to strengthen research capacity and capability at Syracuse University.

More Information

Request for Proposals: 2019 Collaborations for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2019 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted through Syracuse University’s Applicant Portal

Deadline: 5:00 PM JANUARY 31, 2019

 Purpose: The purpose of this intramural grant program is to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, to grow the research enterprise and enhance scholarship at Syracuse University in order to increase extramural funding and high-quality scholarly output. The program is designed to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship. CUSE Grants should not be viewed as funds to conduct or complete projects, but rather to seed funding for faculty to build interdisciplinary teams, to produce preliminary data, and/or to seek help to obtain extramural funding that will advance knowledge and technologies through basic, translational and applied research. The grant program will support faculty research in all disciplines that span from basic, translational and applied sciences, social sciences, physical and life sciences, engineering, liberal arts, humanities, professional schools, creative research and various forms of all scholarly activities. The expectation is for the CUSE Grant Program funded faculty members to seek extramural support that will increase the national and international recognition of the awardees, their programs, and the university.

For more information, visit the CUSE Grants page

Request for Proposals: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PFP)

Online application form
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Postdoctoral fellows are next generation educators, scholars, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and societal leaders. They are among the most important research personnel at universities. Postdoctoral fellows significantly contribute to the generation of scholarly research output of a university from the research they conduct during the fellowship period. As such, an institution’s postdoctoral fellow data is often used as an indicator of research activities. For example, the number of postdoctoral fellows is one of the major metrics used by Carnegie for classification of research universities. Postdoctoral fellows are not only important for research excellence, they are also an integral part of the driving force for high-quality college education. For instance, postdoctoral fellows are most often the trainers of graduate and undergraduate researchers; they work closely with tenure-track faculty to design research studies, set up research protocols, maintain research equipment, and provide day-to-day training of graduate and undergraduate students. The provision of such hands-on experiential learning by postdoctoral fellows has been demonstrated to be an effective path to increasing the success of undergraduate students.

In an effort to further strengthen our identification as a student-focused and research-most active (R1) university, Syracuse University has decided to invest $700,000 in dedicated postdoctoral support through its Invest Syracuse program. This document provides guidelines for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PFP).

For more information, please visit the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program page.