Externally Funded Research Projects

Externally funded research projects are awards granted by federal, state, or local agencies and foundations.

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Internally Funded Research Projects

Internally funded research projects are funded by Syracuse University or a division of the University.

Seed Grant Awards

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Dean’s Office, in collaboration with the Falk College Research Center, awards seed grants on a competitive basis to assist junior faculty with completing preparatory work for research projects. In addition, the Sport and Human Development Institute awards an annual seed grant on a competitive basis and is open to all David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics faculty.

SU CUSE Grants

The purpose of this intramural grant program, named CUSE Grant (Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence), 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.

Other Internal Awards

Other internal awards are funded by Syracuse University or a division of the University.

Current Grants Include:

Ambika Krishnakumar (HDFS) PI, Chandice Haste-Jackson (HDFS) Co-PI, Cross-Cultural Engagement of First Year Students, Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs Unsurpassed Student Experience Diversity and Inclusion Grant (USE D&I). 5/1/18-4/30/19

The proposed Cross-Cultural Engagement Project is designed to provide first-year undergraduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) with an opportunity to explore issues of diversity and inclusion by providing them with multifaceted opportunities for intercultural engagement. In the second semester of their first-year, a cohort of twenty-five HDFS undergraduates will be invited to participate in a seminar course that will include active learning experiences that challenge them to engage with cultures and communities other than their own. The goal is to prepare students for a lifetime of global citizenship. First-year undergraduates will explore concepts of diversity and inclusion that will include among other activities, common book readings and discussion, reflective writing, and common intellectual experiences. Direct and indirect measures will be used to determine what students already know and to assess if they realized the learning objectives of this course.


Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Rashmi Gangamma, Assistant Professor of Food Studies, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, and Assistant Professor of Public Health, Bhavneet Walia, are Co-Primary Investigators on a new study, “Impact of Gardening on Refugee Mental Health, Community Building, and Economic Well-being in Central New York,” funded by the Lerner Center Faculty Fellows Program in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

This project seeks to examine the relationship between home and community gardening practices, mental health indicators, community building, and socio-economic well-being (with an emphasis on food security) in resettled refugee populations. Existing literature on refugee populations suggests that refugees face a decreased probability of sustaining socio-economic development if nutritional and general health needs are unmet. Our proposal is to examine the role of gardening on mental health, community building, and socio-economic well-being, which has implications for developing policies and interventions at multiple levels. Given the recent changes in federal policies around refugee resettlement, there is a heightened need to increase efforts toward reducing racial/ethnic disparities and promoting health. We will collect data from100 individual refugees over a two-year period. Eligibility criteria include entry into the United States as a refugee over 18 years of age, and residence in Central New York during the study period. Surveys will be based on questions reflecting mental health, home and community gardening, and socio-economic wellbeing. In support of the Lerner Center Health Monday initiatives, we will reinforce the Meatless Monday’s theme by collecting meatless recipes from the home countries of the refugee families that highlight the fruits and vegetables from their gardens. Formal analysis using a mixed methods approach will be conducted. A series of model specifications will be performed to check for robustness of results.