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Maxwell Dean's Office

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Faculty Research

Funding:  Up to $1,500 

Deadline: November 

The Appleby-Mosher Fund provides grants to tenure-track and tenured faculty for research-related expenses such as project initiation (particularly acquisition of materials including data sets) and travel to perform research. Call for Proposals

Summer Project Assistantship Program

Funding: $2,000

Deadline: April 

Each spring, the Dean’s Office solicits applications from Maxwell faculty members for funds to support a graduate assistant for the purpose of developing a research proposal during the following summer session. Successful faculty applicants will receive funding for the graduate assistant of their choice, must provide a progress report describing work accomplished, and should subsequently submit a related proposal to an external funder. Call for Proposals

Tenth Decade Project 

Funding: Varies by call

Deadline: Varies by call

Launched in 2014, the Tenth Decade Project is a ten-year initiative that aims to focus attention on and celebrate the centennial of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2024. Grant funding associated with the Tenth Decade Project operationalizes a defined goal of the Maxwell Academic Strategic Plan to “promote research involving faculty on innovative, high impact projects, applying social science methods and data analysis to address grand, global challenges such as democracy and civic engagement, inequality, urban poverty and development, governance and security, environmental change, and health policy.” Call for Proposals

Maxwell Research Centers and Institutes

 Below you will see a sampling of the many internal grants offered by Maxwell Research Centers and Institutes. Visit Maxwell School's Centers and Institutes directory for a complete list of the funding opportunities offered by each institute. 

Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund

Funding: Up to $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

The Institute for Security Policy and Law (SPL)—a collaboration between Maxwell and the SU College of Law—awards grants through the Berlin Fund to faculty and student teams that promote research on salient topics in security studies, including national security, homeland security, and human security. Funds can be used to cover the costs of conducting and disseminating research. Applications consisting of a project description, a timeline for the activities covered, and a simple budget are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Keli Perrin ( with questions or to submit an application. 

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Funding: Varies by program

Deadline: Varies by program 

Funding opportunities for faculty include Conference Travel Grants, Global Education Faculty Fellowships, South Asia Curriculum Enhancement Grants, and Teaching Recognition Awards. 

PARCC Mini-Grant Research Program 

Funding: $500 to $3,000

Deadline: April

The mission of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) is to advance research on conflict and collaboration, including theory, practice, and education. The PARCC Mini-Grant Program supports research activities in PARCC's areas of focus: International and Interstate Conflicts, Environmental Collaboration, Collaborative Governance, and Advocacy and Activism. The awards selection is based on potential contribution to scholarship, possibility of future funding, consistency with the goals of PARCC, and cost-effectiveness.  Funds are used for such activities as data acquisition, survey design, the hosting of research conferences at Maxwell, and research assistance. Faculty who are awarded a mini-grant then present their research at one of PARCC's weekly Conversations in Conflict Studies speaker series.

PARCC John Burdick Mini-Grant Award for Research on Social Movements and Social Change

Funding: $500 to $2,500

Deadline: April

Honoring the life and legacy of Professor John Burdick (1959-2020), this grant program supports faculty and graduate students conducting research projects on social movements and social change. This program will also consider projects that employ community-based research methods (e.g. ethnography, intensive fieldwork, action research) in partnership with social movement organizations. Researchers may use these awards for research activities such as but not limited to data acquisition, fieldwork, survey design, or research assistance. The selection committee will choose project proposals based on their consistency with program goals, potential contribution to scholarship and activism, possibility of future funding, and cost-effectiveness. 

Other Research Centers and Institutes 

Humanities Center Maxwell Faculty Fellowship

Funding: $2,000

Deadline: January 

The Humanities Center Maxwell Faculty Fellowship carries a one-semester, single course reduction to complete a research or creative project. Fellows must be in residence during the spring semester and contribute to Humanities Center programming that engages faculty and graduate students from across the Humanities. Maxwell full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty from the following units are eligible to apply: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, PAIA, Sociology, and Social Sciences. Faculty who have held this fellowship in prior years may not reapply.   

The Lender Center for Social Justice’s Faculty Fellowship

Funding: $5,000 to cover work during the summer between year one and year two of the project, $5,000 to cover research expenses for each year of the project, and the possibility of additional funds up to $5,000 for the Lender Symposium at the culmination of their project.

Deadline: April 

The Lender Faculty Fellowship supports Syracuse University full-time faculty, either tenure or non-tenure track, as they complete a two-year research or engagement project. Working with a team of student fellows, the faculty fellow will work to critically and creatively explore contemporary issues and develop and implement innovative initiatives to address these problems. The faculty fellow will receive research support for both years of the project, a summer stipend, additional research and financial support to support the development and execution of their project, and opportunities to publicize the project’s results.  

Office of Research 

University-wide internal funding competitions include both Internal Grant Programs and externally funded Limited Submissions.

CUSE Grant Program

Funding: Varies by grant type; see program page

Deadline: March 

The purpose of CUSE (Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence) Grant Program is to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, to grow the research enterprise and enhance scholarship at Syracuse University in order to increase extramural funding and high-quality scholarly output. The program is designed to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship. CUSE Grants should not be viewed as funds to conduct or complete projects, but rather as seed funding for faculty to build interdisciplinary teams, to produce preliminary data, and/or to seek help to obtain extramural funding that will advance knowledge and technologies through basic, translational, and applied research. The grant program will support faculty research in all disciplines that span across basic, translational and applied sciences, social sciences, physical and life sciences, engineering, liberal arts, humanities, professional schools, creative research, and various forms of all scholarly activities. The expectation is for CUSE Grant Program-funded faculty members to seek extramural support that will increase the national and international recognition of the awardees, their programs, and the university.

Small Equipment Grant Program 

Funding: See program page

Deadline: June 

Research infrastructure often becomes a limiting factor for routine operations of laboratories and research programs. This is particularly true with relatively small-size equipment because such equipment often is more expensive than is affordable on a research grant, but less expensive than those that can be funded through extramural equipment grant programs. The Small Equipment Grant Program is designed to strengthen research capacity and capability at Syracuse University. Up to $600,000 per year will be awarded through this mechanism as made possible by the Invest Syracuse Initiative.

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