Grants and Awards

The School of Education offers several grants and awards to help spur and support student and faculty research. Calls are released to faculty and students by email and submissions are due to the Associate Dean for Research. For questions about grant requirements, submissions, and deadlines please contact:

Beth Ferri, Associate Dean for Research; Professor|315.443.1465
Beth Ferri

School of Education Internal Grant Calendar

Grant Name Audience Call Released Deadline Notification
Joan N. Burstyn Award for Collaborative Research Students working in collaboration with faculty and/or alumni Early February Early March Early April
SOE Research and Creative Grants Graduate students Late February Early April Early May
Faculty Research Development Colloquia and Grant Program Tenure-track faculty who will have up to three years credited towards tenure by May Late March Late April Late May

Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research in Education

  • 2020-2021 Award: “Examining Course Accommodation Procedures for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Inclusive Higher Education” (Professor Beth Myers and Ph.D. Candidate Phillandra Smith)
  • 2019-2020 Award: “The Ayanna Rabb Simulation: ‘He’s Sexist and Everybody Knows It’” (Professor Ben Dotger and Ph.D. Candidate MaryBeth Yerdon)

Emerita Professor and former Dean Joan Burstyn fostered collaborative projects between graduate students and faculty at the School and with alumni in the field of education. In keeping with this tradition and Professor Burstyn’s continuing work in the field, this award is available to support research and/or creative projects by SOE graduate students working collaboratively with faculty. The $2,500 award will specifically support the team’s proposal for the following:

  • A creative and collaborative project undertaken jointly by School of Education graduate student(s) and faculty member (and possibly including alumni) for research in the field of education
  • Expenses related to the conduct of the research and the dissemination of results, including the reporting of project results to the Associate Dean for Research for internal dissemination.

Criteria: The proposal should be limited to 2,000 words (not including appendices) and shall
include and be evaluated on the following:

  • Clear demonstration of collaboration;
  • Rationale for project, including problem statement;
  • Significance and/or potential of expected outcome(s);
  • Congruence of project with SOE mission;
  • Concise descriptions of researchers and other people involved;
  • Timeline of project activities that outlines activity completion within one calendar year;
  • Appropriate mechanisms for evaluation, dissemination, and timely submission of a final report;
  • Suitable budget & expenses;
  • Letter in packet co-signed by faculty member and student(s), detailing how each team
    member will be involved in the project.

Research and Creative Grants

This grant supports School of Education graduate student research and/or creative projects. This work does not have to be done in collaboration with a faculty member. Student awards will be $250-$1000, depending on the quality of the proposal and available funding. Each proposal will be reviewed independently by at least 2 SOE faculty members.

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

  1. Project narratives and appendices should be submitted via email as a single attached file.
  2. Proposal narratives should be limited to 2,000 words, not including appendices.
  3. Appendices should include one page each for a) references, b) timeline, c) budget, and d) researcher qualifications.
  4. Proposals should include a one-page letter of support from a faculty member serving as advisor or research mentor (this document can be sent separately).
  5. Proposals will be evaluated on the following dimensions: rationale for the study; hypothesis/problem statement; rigor of design, method(s) of inquiry, & analysis; match between methods & expected outcomes; significance or potential for contribution; and reasonable timeline & budget.

Faculty Research Development Colloquia and Grant Program

These grants are intended to provide support and resources for School of Education faculty members in the development and submission proposals for both internal and external funding. Tenure-track faculty members who will have up to three years credited towards tenure by May of that year are invited to apply. We expect that by providing SOE faculty members a sustained research development program over a several year period, as well as expanding the available incentives and supports for all SOE faculty members, that the number of submitted SOE external funding proposals will increase, as will the success rate for funded proposals.

Faculty members awarded SOE faculty research development grants will be expected to maintain active participation in the research development colloquia and/or one of the SOE research study groups throughout the two stages of the grant.The colloquia will consist of an intentional series of research-focused workshops, professional development activities, as well as individual and small-group opportunities throughout the fall and spring semesters. The primary purpose of the colloquia is to increase faculty awareness, knowledge, and skills requisite to developing successful external funding proposals.

Stage One:

  • Up to $1,500 of graduate student hourly support to develop a submission for internal funding in the first year of the grant. The graduate student hourly support can be utilized at faculty discretion throughout the academic year or summer and will culminate in submission of an internal CUSE grant funding
  • $500 to be used for professional expenses upon successful submission of an internal CUSE grant proposal.

Stage Two

  • Up to $1,500 of graduate student hourly support to develop a submission for external funding in the second stage of the grant, which will occur within two years of the end of the first stage of the grant. The graduate student hourly support can be utilized at faculty discretion through the academic year or summer and will culminate in submission of an external funding proposal.
  • $1,000 to be used for professional expenses upon successful submission of an external grant proposal.

Stage Two of this grant program will be expanded to all SOE faculty members in spring 2020.

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

  • Applications should be submitted via email, as a single attached file (no ZIP files, please).
  • Cover sheets should include names, department affiliation, and contact information for the primary faculty member, as well as any collaborators.
  • Proposal narratives should not exceed 2 single-spaced pages, with 1-inch margins and 11-point Times New Roman font. Proposals should describe the foci of the research or creative program that will be developed through the two stages of the grant, including identification of the type of internal CUSE grant funding being sought and potential external funding opportunities available.
  • Appendices should be included, of up to one page each, for the following: (1) timeline, (2) description of how the graduate student support will be utilized, (3) references, and (4) 1-page abbreviated curriculum vitae each for faculty, and any collaborators.

Each application will be read and reviewed by at least two SOE faculty members serving as peer reviewers using these criteria:

  • clarity and merit of the proposed project identifying specific funding opportunities (5 points);
  • feasibility of the work plan culminating in submission of internal and external funding proposals (5 points);
  • achievability of plan for utilization of graduate student support (5 points);
  • potential to enhance faculty research or creative work, noting any potential collaborations (5 points).

University-Wide Funding Opportunities

Faculty Opportunities

Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grants

CUSE Grants are intramural grants administered by the Vice President for Research that are intended to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, grow the research enterprise, and enhance scholarship at Syracuse University in order to increase extramural funding and high-quality scholarly output.

2021 CUSE Grants

“Bridging Structural Engineering and Architecture Through Virtual Platform and Personalized Learning Analytics”
Junho Chun, School of Architecture, and Moon-Heum Cho, School of Education

“Indigenous Access to the Criminal Justice System in Australia: The Experiences of Deaf Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples”
Michael Schwartz, College of Law; Brent Elder, School of Education; and Karen Soldatic, Western Sydney University

“The SENSES Project”
Craig Tucker, School of Education; David Knapp, School of Music and School of Education; Joanna Spitzner, School of Art; Amy Messersmith, School of Education; and Marieke Davis, School of Education (Higher Education Opportunity Program)

“Centering Youth of Color Voices in the Return to Schools Post- COVID-19”
Courtney Mauldin, School of Education

2020 CUSE Grants

“Building Research-Practice Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes in School Algebra”
Nicole Fonger, School of Education

“Immersive Learning: Gamified Self-Regulation in Math with Learning Analytics”
Moon-Heum Cho, School of Education; Denise Heckman, College of Visual and Performing Arts; Duane Graysay, School of Education; and Reza Zafarani, College of Engineering and Computer Science

2019 CUSE Grants

“Seminar on the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties”
Arlene Kanter, College of Law; Michael Gill, School of Education; Cora True-Frost, College of Law; Audie Klotz, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Corri Zoli, College of Arts and Sciences; and Lamis Abdelaaty, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

“Entrepreneurship Education for Diversity and Inclusion: A Focus on ADHD”
Johan Wiklund, Whitman School of Management; Kevin Antshel, College of Arts and Sciences; and Melissa Luke, School of Education

VET-SIM: Full Design & Implementation
Ben Dotger, School of Education, and Nicholas Armstrong, Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Student Opportunities