The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is proud to announce its 2020 Lerner Center Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The Faculty Fellows Grant Program intends to fund at least two research/evaluation awards in the areas of population health and/or health promotion. Awards will be funded up to a maximum of $25,000 for 24 months.

Faculty Fellows Project Description

Population health or health promotion projects should focus on impacting health behaviors, institutions, systems, or policies to reduce risk for and/or consequences of poor health, disease, disability, and/or premature mortality at the individual, community, or societal levels. We are particularly interested in projects that emphasize the “upstream” or social/structural determinants of health. We also encourage applications that incorporate and evaluate the effectiveness of the Lerner Center’s Healthy Monday campaign principles, messaging, and/or programming.

Projects can involve a range of activities, including: a) primary data collection/analysis or secondary data analysis that contributes to new or existing population health knowledge; b) creation of data-informed methods to inform new interventions or programs; c) development and/or pilot of a new public health intervention or program; or d) evaluation of the design, implementation, or impact of a pilot intervention, program, or policy.


The principal investigator (PI) must be a tenured or tenure-track Syracuse University faculty member or Professor of Practice from any college or program. Multidisciplinary teams and the inclusion of a community-based partner organization are encouraged. Postdoctoral Fellows and graduate students can be included as collaborators on proposals, but are not eligible to apply as PIs. Proposals with multiple PIs are acceptable as long as at least one of the PIs holds a primary tenured, tenure-track, or Professor of Practice appointment at Syracuse University.

To Apply

For instructions, review the 2020 RFP:  2020 Faculty Fellows Request for Proposals

A 2-page letter of intent (LOI) is required by March 13, 2020 (5:00 EST). After review, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due by April 15, 2020 (5:00 EST).

Questions about any aspect of this RFP can be directed to Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, at smmonnat@syr.edu.

Additional Resources

Faculty Fellows Grant Program Cover Page

Previous Faculty Fellows