SUNY Center Scale Proposal Planning and Development Grant Program

Published December 18, 2017

UB Letter of Intent deadline is Jan. 8, 2018


SUNY – System Administration


SUNY Center Scale Proposal Planning and Development Grant Program. See detailed guidelines.


Nationally funded research centers provide considerable resources in support of broad, interdisciplinary research; promoting enduring partnerships; positively impacting science, technology and the economy; and bringing significant prestige to the institutions. To further expand SUNY’s research enterprise, SUNY System Administration, through The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development (“VCRED Office”), seeks to build and grow more interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, center-scale research programs at its campuses.

This RFP is designed to facilitate the preparation and development of large, complex grant applications that require extensive planning, networking and significant investments of the faculty’s time and effort. Examples of large, interdisciplinary center programs include: DOE’s Energy Frontiers Research Centers; NSF’s Engineering Research Centers and Science and Technology Centers; Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers; NIH’s P50 Project Grants; DoD’s University Affiliated Research Centers, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives; CDC’s Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers; multi-institutional grants, institutional training grants, and infrastructure-building grants; as well as, centers funded by non-profit foundations and industry sponsors.

Eligibility Restrictions

Each campus may submit no more than three individual proposals and no more than one joint proposal with other SUNY campuses in a given funding cycle.

Funding Information

A total of $1M is available for awards under this RFP: up to $500,000 for the first round and up to $500,000 for the second round.

Generally, the total budget per proposal should not exceed $50,000. The award size, however, will be commensurate with the activities needed for the team to advance from its current stage to proposal submission, and with grants of comparable size in similar areas.

Internal Review Process

Due to the limited number of applications, if you or your colleagues are interested in applying, please submit an internal letter of intent in a single pdf format to Dr. Kenneth Tramposch by Jan. 8, 2018

The letter of intent should include:

  • Project Narrative (2-page limit),
    • The narrative should provide a compelling description of the research theme and the need for an integrated national center-level program.
    • Also please describe the research objectives and the approaches to achieve them and why UB, and any partners included, are positioned to be competitive in the proposed research theme.
  • Two-page CV for up to five core members including the PI
  • A list of the funding opportunities that will be targeted (1 page). 

If your proposal is selected, the first-round application deadline is Feb. 16, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.