Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Programs

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

CUSE Grant 2019 RFP Document

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


5:00 PM JANUARY 31, 2019  


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.

Applicant Eligibility

Syracuse University encourages collaborations, particularly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations. However, for accountability, the primary responsibility for project oversight is on the lead principal investigator (the first name on the grant). For all grant categories, Principal Investigator (PI) eligibility follows the institutional requirements set forth in the University’s Statement of Principal Investigator Eligibility. No submission of CUSE proposals is allowed for any individual servicing as a PI on an active CUSE grant (e.g., if you are a PI on a CUSE grant received in 2018, the earliest you can apply again will be 2020, as CUSE grants are two years in duration). Each eligible applicant may submit only one proposal in a year serving as the lead PI, but can serve as Co-PI or Co-Investigator (Co-I) on as many projects as the investigator wishes. In addition, an eligible applicant may submit a second proposal serving as the lead PI provided it is an application for an “Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant” (see below under V. Types of application and Funding levels). For “Good to Great” Grant: The lead PI must have submitted an extramural grant and obtained “Outstanding”, “Excellent”, or “High priority for funding” reviews from an extramural grant review panel, but yet the project was not funded. The extramural grant must be led by the lead PI. If a CUSE grant was already awarded under this category for a project, the lead PI is ineligible for this funding category with the same or similar project in the future.

Types of Applications and Funding Levels

  • Seed Grant: The funding levels of seed grants are capped at $5,000 per Seed Grant for a period of up to two years. Applications can be individuals or teams.
  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant (I2R):The funding levels of Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant are capped at $30,000 per grant for a period of up to two years. Applications can be individuals (innovative) or teams (interdisciplinary research). If individuals are applying under this category, applicants must demonstrate the competitiveness of the PI, her/his past success in extramural grants, and the potential for continued success without the need of collaboration.
  • Good to Great Grant (G2G): The funding levels of Good to Great grant are capped at $30,000 per grant for a period of up to two years. The applications can be individuals or teams.
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant: The funding levels of the Interdisciplinary seminar grant are capped at $10,000 per grant. The applications can be individuals or teams. This grant is designed to cover the costs of the seminar itself such as refreshments, cost of space, and the invited speakers, but not for any research activities of the PI, Co-PIs or Co-Is. Cost for departmental seminars are ineligible for this program.

Proposal Submission

Please visit the Syracuse University Application Portal at and select the 2019 CUSE Grant Program link.


For questions about the CUSE Grant RFP, please contact Christina Leigh Docteur For questions regarding use of the Application Portal, please contact Jeff Falchi


CUSE Budget Form
Current and Pending Support Form
CUSE Grant Conflict of Interest Listing Template
CUSE Grant Sample Budget Justification
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General Information Sessions

Thinking about submitting a proposal for a 2019 CUSE Grant? Come join us for a general information session, to learn more about the program and the new online submission process through Syracuse University’s Application Portal.

Thursday, December 6th
2:00 – 4:00
312 Lyman Hall

Wednesday, December 12th
312 Lyman Hall

No RSVP is necessary!