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The Maxwell Research Office is here to support you in applying for research funding and managing awards throughout your career at Syracuse University. This brief guide will help you to get started. 

Associate Dean for Research

Andrew London, PhD | 315.443.4597 | 200 Eggers Hall

Andrew London is  Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Administration and Research for the Maxwell School. As Associate Dean for Research, Andrew leads strategic efforts in support of faculty research across Maxwell. He serves as the primary liaison for faculty, department chairs, and center/institute directors on research matters, including review of proposals that require resource commitments from the School. An active researcher, Andrew holds affiliations with the Aging Studies Institute, the Center for Policy Research, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies.

Director, Maxwell Research Office

Jill Ferguson, MPA | 315.443.7281 | 222 Maxwell Hall

Jill assists faculty members and other researchers in locating funding opportunities and planning proposals; finding collaborators and building research teams; mapping research strategic plans; managing large, complex proposals; and coordinating with institutional research administration and leadership. Jill collaborates with her counterparts across campus as well as colleagues in the Office of Research and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to hold grant-writing workshops and connect researchers to foster multidisciplinary collaboration.  

Departmental Research Administrators 

Each Maxwell unit, whether academic department or research center/institute, has one or more staff members ready to help you with research-related administrative processes, answer questions, and connect you to additional resources. If you are unsure who to work with, please contact Jill Ferguson. 

Research at Syracuse 

The Office of Research is the central hub for research support at Syracuse. The University’s research webpage (link below) provides descriptions and subpages, including for the Office of Proposals Support Services (which administers the University internal grant programs, including CUSE Grants), the Office of Research Integrity and Protections (including the IRB), Technology Transfer, the SOURCE (Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement), and the Syracuse University Libraries and open-access SURFACE Repository. 

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) oversees the preparation and submission of research proposals and the management of externally funded research and scholarly projects. OSP Research Administrators are authorized institutional representatives for submitting proposals and executing awards on behalf of the University. Caroline McMullin ( is Maxwell’s OSP Research Administrator. Please contact Caroline as soon as you have identified a potential funding opportunity so she can help you navigate the forms that need to be completed and the OSP process and internal due dates for proposal submission.

The OSP website has the information and forms you will need to get started with submitting proposals at Syracuse University. Start with the Before You Begin page, which includes the following: 

  • Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility - This guidance specifies which faculty and staff titles allow individuals to serve as PI or Co-PI on sponsored projects. It also includes a waiver process. 

  • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) PolicyRequired by the federal government to ensure that research will be free from bias resulting from investigators’ financial conflicts of interest.

  • Intellectual Property Agreement (IPA) - Required by the University for faculty and staff working on externally funded projects. 

  • Internal Routing and Review (IRR) Form  - This document, required for each proposal for external funding, is the primary data intake form utilized by OSP. It is also how the PI agrees to and secures required unit-level approvals, including that of the department chair, center/institute director (if applicable), and associate dean for research.   

You will also find the OSP Budget Template essential as you prepare your proposal budget: It follows the format of many sponsors' budget forms and has the University's F&A/indirect cost rates and fringe benefit rates embedded. Please reach out to your departmental research administrator, Caroline McMullin in OSP, or Jill Ferguson in the Dean's Office for assistance with this form. 

Additional Resources

Many other useful forms and templates for proposal preparation and submission are located in the Tools and Resources section of the OSP website. Additional, for the Maxwell community, please explore the additional resources here on Answers, including: 

Maxwell Research Policies

Funding Your Research

Finding Collaborators 

Proposal Development Resources

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