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New Faculty Guide: Funding Support

Welcome to the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences

The Office of Research in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is here to support you in applying for funding throughout your career at Syracuse University. We have developed this brief guide to help you get started.

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Research

Alan Middleton

Associate Dean for Research, Alan Middleton (

As Associate Dean for Research, Alan leads strategic efforts in support of faculty research across the college including the sciences, humanities and mathematics. He serves as the primary liaison in the College for faculty and department chairs on research matters, including review of proposals that require resource commitments from the college. Alan also leads the A&S Proposal Development Team.

The Office of Sponsored Programs’ website has most of the information and forms you will need to get started submitting proposals at Syracuse University.

Start Here: Before You Begin, includes:

  • Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility -This guidance informs applicants of the faculty and staff titles that are eligible to serve as a PI or co-PI, and also includes a waiver process.
  • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Policy - This University Policy is required by the federal government as a means to ensure that research will be free from bias and objectivity preserved.
  • Intellectual Property Agreement (IPA) - This agreement form is required by the University for staff and faculty working on externally funded projects.
  • Internal Routing and Review Form (IRR) - This required document is the primary data intake form utilized by OSP. It informs OSP of such important items as: who is working on the project, what agency OSP is submitting to, and are all necessary resources and approvals in place to conduct the project.

You will also find the OSP Budget Template very helpful as you prepare your proposal budget as it has all fringe and overhead rates embedded. Please reach out to Melissa, Sarah, or your OSP contact if you need assistance navigating this form.

Many other useful forms and templates for proposal preparation and submission are located in the Tools and Resources section of the OSP website.

Syracuse University Offices that Support Research

The Syracuse University Office of Research – supports the research endeavors of the entire campus.

Proposal Support Services – is part of the Office of Research and supports proposal development campus-wide. Includes facilitating team-based collaboration around strategic funding opportunities, and managing the University’s internal funding competitions, including both seed grant programs and externally funded limited submissions.

Sponsored Accounting (OSA) - works collaboratively with OSP to assist and support faculty and staff with post-award financial administration of approved sponsored projects, contracts, and cooperative agreements on behalf of Syracuse University.

Research Integrity and Protections (ORIP) - supports the university committees responsible for review and oversight of research involving animals and human subjects and to address issues concerning biohazards in research. Contact for issues concerning the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Tech Transfer - contact for assistance with intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.

Corporate and Foundation Relations – for assistance working with local and national companies and applying to private foundation funders.

Research Computing - a collaborative effort between the campus research community and technology groups from across campus. The technology groups include both distributed information technology teams as well as support from Information Technology Services (ITS) which provides research computing infrastructure resources.

Library Research Services – Syracuse University librarians assist faculty through personal consultation and classroom instruction, in the pursuit of scholarly activities such as conducting literature reviews, locating needed materials, preparing and formatting manuscripts for press, or assessing the research value of journals and articles. Subject-specific librarians are available.

Resources for Finding Funding Opportunities

Pivot – Keyword searches for federal and private funding opportunities, queries delivered directly to you via e-mail, and profiles of other faculty at Syracuse University.

Foundation Directory Online – Available through the SU Libraries Database (search “Foundation Directory”). Search for foundation and federal funders by topics, keyword, geography, etc.

Experts@Syracuse – Database to help you find collaborators at SU by showing you in what fields other faculty members are working and who they collaborate with locally and globally. Because of the way this database is populated, it is more robust in the sciences, but we are working on improving data in other fields. – Database of past, current, and future grants from all U.S. government agencies.

Online Inquiry Form - The A&S Proposal Development Team can help you identify funding sources for your projects and programs as well as provide guidance on navigating the university’s resources for finding funding opportunities. Please e-mail Melissa (science and math) or Sarah (humanities), or fill out the form, which will initiate a funding search.

Syracuse University Humanities Center Resources – Curated list of local and regional resources and national and international resources for humanities funding opportunities.

Funder guidelines/instructions

National Institutes of Health – Application Guide (SF 424)

National Science Foundation – Proposals & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Department of Energy – Grants Policy and Guidance

NASA – Guidebook for Proposers

National Endowment for the Humanities – Grants Overview

American Council for Learned Societies – Fellowships and Grants Overview