Research Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application – Round IX – Syracuse University Internal Call for Concepts

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open for the 9th Round of Regional Economic Development Council Competitions:

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. For 2019, the Central New York REDC will continue to implement its updated plan,  CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative, to emphasize the vision for the Central New York Region: Innovation and collaboration will create opportunity for all who live and work in Central New York. We will take ownership over our future; operate in a nimble, efficient and effective manner; and leverage our many assets – natural, agricultural, geographic, economic, educational, cultural, and human – to form a diverse, sustainable and globally competitive economy while preserving and enhancing our region’s treasured quality of life.

Regional Economic Development Council 2019 Competition Summary:

For Round IX, there are over 30 programs available through 10 state agencies. Full CFA questions for each of the programs are downloadable at Funding available in REDC Round IX includes up to $150 million in capital grants for the 10 regions, through Empire State Development Grants (ESD). ESD Grants are available for capital-based economic projects, intended to create or retain jobs; prevent reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business or economic activity in a community or Region.  

Assistance falls into three categories: 1) Business Investment; 2) Infrastructure Investment; 3) Economic Growth Investment.

Special Consideration shall be given to projects supporting:

  • The Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Strategic Community Investment,
  • Improving Access to Child Care, and
  • Environmental Justice

Budget Limitations:

Funds may be used for: acquisition of land, buildings, and/or machinery, equipment and furniture/fixtures; demolition & environmental remediation; new construction, renovation or leasehold improvements; soft costs of up to 25% of total project costs; planning and feasibility studies related to a specific capital project or site. In most cases ESD Grant will fund no more than 20% of the eligible total project costs.

Institutional Limitations and Process:

In order to facilitate the strongest, competitive applications from Syracuse University, the Office of Research is requesting submissions of concepts from any interested faculty, institutional units, and/or interdisciplinary teams. Based on areas of focus and relevant expertise, applicants may be asked to form teams and consolidate applications, to create the most competitive institutional submission(s). If so, the Offices of Research and Community and Government relations will facilitate team building and coordination, and will  advise and assist in the construction and facilitation of final application(s), in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Key Dates

06/17/2019 Internal concept notes due by 5:00 p.m. to the Office of Research via the Syracuse University Application Portal (

06/24/2019 By 5:00 p.m. Monday, selected proposers will be notified by the Office of Research with instructions on how to proceed

07/24/2019 Full proposal materials should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs for final review

07/26/2019 Full proposals due through the Consolidated Funding Application portal.

August 2019 Review of submitted applications by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council for recommendation to the State of New York for State funding.

December 2019 Announcement of awards.

Instructions for Syracuse University Limited Submission Application:

Concept submissions must include the following components, combined into one PDF for upload to the Syracuse University Application Portal. The concept note must include the following (5 pages maximum for concept narrative):

  1. Brief Statement of Need;
  2. Description of how your project aligns with the CNY REDC’s Strategic Plan, CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative;
  3. Explain what makes your project a regional economic priority – for example creates jobs, economic investment, sustainability and community revitalization, government efficiency or consolidation etc.;
  4. Description of project team;
  5. Estimate of total project budget, and identification of sources for required match (NOTE: In most cases ESD Grant will fund no more than 20% of the eligible total project costs.)
  6. Signatures Page(s) (NOT included in 5 page maximum). Signatures of any named co-investigators or named faculty at SU or any collaborating institutions mentioned in the proposal. These can be on separate pages or all one page. The signed page(s) should affirm that the signatories are aware of the preproposal, and intend to collaborate on the full proposal if the concept is selected to move forward. NOTE: You can always add additional faculty/personnel later if internally selected.