SyracuseCoE Invites Proposals for Seed Projects to Support Faculty Research in Environmental and Energy Systems

SyracuseCoE, a unit of the Syracuse University Office of Research, invites applications for its 2018-2019 Faculty Fellows Program to strengthen faculty scholarship in SyracuseCoE’s targeted research areas, support engagements with SyracuseCoE’s Industry Partners, and provide leadership that advances research collaborations among SyracuseCoE’s Academic Partner institutions.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) will support seed funding for research in our core technical areas:

  • Clean and renewable energy
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Water resources

Proposals are intended to support development of new research efforts and directions that will advance SyracuseCoE’s research areas, rather than incremental steps forward on existing research programs. All proposals must address how the use of the Faculty Fellow seed funding will lead to a significant “next step” in the research, lead to or leverage follow-on funding opportunities, and contribute to establishing SyracuseCoE and its Partner institutions as thought leaders in the targeted area. In addition, projects are encouraged to strategically target research topics that hold promise for contributing to economic development of local entities and New York State businesses.

Eligibility: Faculty Fellows Program RFP is open to faculty members who hold full-time appointments at SyracuseCoE Academic Partner institutions: Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Individuals who hold appointments as tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. SyracuseCoE strongly encourages proposals to include the participation of multiple faculty members, including teams from multiple departments, colleges, and/or institutions. Teams are encouraged, but not required, to include non-university participants, especially collaborators from SyracuseCoE Partner companies. However, funds may be disbursed only to academic institutions. An individual faculty member may serve as the primary PI for only one proposal; however, any individual may serve as a Co-Investigator on multiple proposals. Multi-investigator teams are considered to be those with more than one eligible faculty member. Multi-investigator projects should clearly explain the role of each team member and the value to a team approach for the proposed project.

Budget: Up to $10,000 for a single investigator; up to $20,000 for a multi-investigator team. SyracuseCoE intends to award up to $75,000 in this round. All funds must be expended by June 30, 2019.

Application Process: Applications must be completed and submitted electronically at; visit the application web site to view the full RFP and application instructions. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018. It is anticipated that announcement of awards will be made in August 2018.

Please direct questions regarding the Syracuse CoE Faculty Fellows program to Chetna Chianese, Associate Director of Research, or 315-443-2939.