2021 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the internal competition for Syracuse University’s two applicants to this year’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program, which provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

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Program Information: Link to external program announcement
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: Monday, November 30, 2020, 5:00 PM
Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 6, 2021


Eligibility for the Powe Awards is open to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 1, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2021) at the time of application. Only two nominations are allowed per institution.

Technical Areas

The research project must be in one of the following five areas:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Funding Source and Duration

ORAU is committed to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions. The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

This award can include funds for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the ORAU grant award.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page research proposal, a 1-page abbreviated resume, and a 1-page listing publications and/or presentations.

The two-page research proposal should address the following:

  • Research goals and objectives and relevant background
  • Expected research outcomes and relevance
  • Research design and methodology
  • Competence of the applicant to perform the proposed research
  • Available research facilities and resources
  • Budget justification
  • Additional single page of references relating to the proposal (optional)

Limited Submission Selection Process:

If the number of proposals submitted exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by former Powe Award winners from Syracuse University and other experts selected by the Office of Research. This group will rank the proposals in several categories, including:

  • Scientific/technical merit
  • Proposed method/approach
  • Applicant’s research performance competence/adequacy of facilities/resources to conduct the proposed research
  • Likelihood research will lead to fundable research and/or publishable work
  • Overall quality of application

Others’ expertise may be sought to assess the merit of the request and/or impact on Syracuse University.

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email by mid-December. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than two submissions will be selected.

PI Responsibilities

If a proposal is selected and the PI decides to forgo an application, they must notify the Office of Research within five days of the selection notice. This allows another proposal to be selected and move forward. If the PI fails to submit a proposal and has not notified the Office of Research, the PI runs the risk of being disqualified from future LSO competitions.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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