2023 Request for Proposals


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SyracuseCoE invites proposals from faculty researchers for the 2023 Faculty Fellows Program. Projects must include innovative research and development efforts in SyracuseCoE’s focus areas:

  • Healthy and Efficient Buildings
  • Clean Energy
  • Resilient, Low Carbon Communities

Deadline: April 21st

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Proposals should address how the use of the Faculty Fellow seed funding could lead to a significant “next step” in research and technology development, strengthen New York industry engagement and help establish SyracuseCoE and its Partner institutions as thought leaders in the targeted areas. Proposals viewed as incremental to well-established projects will not be considered.

Proposals are especially encouraged that emphasize use-inspired research that has the potential to lead to new and useful methods and procedures, software and hardware platforms and licensable patents.

The purpose of program is to catalyze new, externally sponsored research at Syracuse University and its partner organizations to contribute to economic and workforce development of New York State businesses.


Faculty members must hold full-time appointments at SyracuseCoE Academic Partner institutions: Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Oswego. Tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty are eligible.

Proposals that engage multiple faculty members, including cross-campus teams from multiple departments, colleges and/or institutions are welcomed. Teams that include current or future SyracuseCoE industrial or community partners are strongly encouraged, but not required. Fund must be disbursed to an academic institution.

A faculty member may serve as Principal Investigator (PI) for only one proposal. An individual may serve as a Co-PI 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.


Up to $15,000 per award for faculty proposals; up to $25,000 for proposed projects engaging a NYS company. SyracuseCoE intends to award approximately $125,000 in this round. Funding will be available starting May 16, 2023, and projects may take up to 12 months to complete.

Amounts available for individual awards will depend on how many proposals are funded. As such, proposals that request lower levels of funding are encouraged. Proposals may be awarded contingent on budget modifications, as needed.

Funds may be used for: 

  • Expenses associated with research, development, demonstration and/or deployment projects or market and policy analysis, including (but not limited to) use of laboratories and equipment, research equipment and supplies, and student employment
  • Seminars or events conducted at SyracuseCoE to further research and collaboration between the fellow and academic and/or industry researchers
  • Travel for scholarly purposes and/or SyracuseCoE business

Funding from this program comes from an award from Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR).

Download the full funding announcement PDF (link above) with fully detailed information including:

  • Restrictions
  • Cost share 
  • SyracuseCoE facilities
  • Application process and announcements of funding
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Proposal format
  • Selection criteria
  • Reporting requirements
  • Responsibilities of Faculty Fellows


Applications must be completed and submitted electronically April 21, 2023 at 11:59pm, thru the “Submit Proposal” link at the top of this page.