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The Office of Research Programs (ORP)

Led by the VP of Research, the Office of Research Programs (ORP) seeks to stimulate, facilitate and highlight research at ESF, and strives to make research opportunities at the College as broad and achievable as possible. We are the central resource for the initiation, funding and management of all ESF research activity.

2010 ORP Retreat

ORP Staff Directory

Vice President for Research

  • Christopher T. Nomura, Vice President, Research Programs; Professor, Chemistry Faculty; Director, Council on McIntire-Stennis Forestry Research
    ctnomura@esf.edu; (315-470-6606)

Staff

  • William J. Nicholson, Director of Sponsored Programs
    wjnichol@esf.edu (315-470-6608/6606)
  • Susan E. Benoit, Senior Staff Assistant
    sebenoit@esf.edu (315-470-6707/6606)
  • Lisa Schwabenbauer, Sponsored Programs Associate
    lschwab@esf.edu (315-470-4877/6606)
  • Kate Wall, Sponsored Programs Assistant I
    kwall@esf.edu (315-470-4873/6606)
  • Donna B. Follett, Administrative Staff Assistant II
    dbfollet@esf.edu (315-470-6607/6606)
  • MaryAnne Stanton, Administrative Staff Assistant I
    mstanton@esf.edu (315-470-4807/6606)
  • Linda L. McNamara, Senior Administrative Assistant
    llmcnama@esf.edu (315-470-6606)
  • Cheryl A. Liptak, Clerk Specialist II
    cliptak@esf.edu (315-470-4730/6606)
  • Anne R. Knapp, Clerical Specialist I
    aknapp@esf.edu (315-470-6682/6606)

ORP Staff Responsibilities

As Vice President for Research, Christopher T. Nomura provides leadership, coordination and support for College-wide research programs through the initiation, development and implementation of research management, administrative and financial/budgetary strategies. Research-oriented Center, Institutes, Councils and Consortia report to the Vice President, who works closely with the Provost in support of these entities. The Vice President works synergistically with the ESF administration and with counterparts at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, the business community and other college partners to develop research opportunities and new initiatives. The Vice President also serves as the Responsible Officer for the College's internal Exchange Visitor Program. View faculty page.

William J. Nicholson is the Director of Sponsored Programs, who coordinates and directs the activities of the technical staff of the Office of Research Programs. He assists the Vice Provost of Research with all phases of the administration of grants and contracts from sponsors external to the College. This includes general oversight responsibility for pre-award and post-award activities, including liaison with project directors, sponsoring agencies and organizations, and the Research Foundation of State University of New York. This position is central to the development of Memoranda of Understanding as well as finalization of contracts and grants.

Susan E. Benoit is a Senior Staff Assistant. Her responsibilities include coordinating proposal submissions for a subset of the faculty that includes members of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology; Landscape Architecture; as well as the Natural Heritage Program; training on pre- and post-award procedures; preparing expenditure and budget reports; assisting with post-award activity; award closeouts; project technical report monitoring; and maintaining and disseminating information on potential sponsors.

Lisa Schwabenbauer is a Sponsored Programs Assistant I. Her responsibilities include coordinating proposal submissions for a subset of the faculty that includes the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management; Paper and Bioprocess Engineering; as well as the Adirondack Ecological Center; Administrative accounts including Graduate Studies, ESF College Foundation and the McIntire-Stennis program; preparing expenditure and budget reports and assisting with post-award activity.

Kate Wall is a Sponsored Programs Assistant I. Her responsibilities include coordinating proposal submissions for a subset of the faculty that includes the Departments of Chemistry; Environmental Studies; Environmental Resources Engineering; as well as the the Outreach Office; preparing expenditure and budget reports and assisting with post-award activity.

Donna B. Follett is an Administrative Staff Assistant II. She maintains data on ORP and Research Foundation information systems and prepares expenditure/budget reports that facilitate the post-award account activities of faculty salary recovery, cost-sharing and certification of salary distribution, as well as ESF's data coordination of the USDA NIFA's REEport and CRIS systems. She assists with campus-wide training in ORP-related systems as needed. She also maintains ORP's web presence.

MaryAnne Stanton is an Administrative Staff Assistant I. She maintains data on ORP and Research Foundation information systems and prepares expenditure/budget reports that facilitate the post-award account activities of faculty salary recovery, cost-sharing and certification of salary distribution. She also assists with the training of new personnel.

Linda L. McNamara is an Senior Administrative Assistant. She coordinates and supports all activities of the Vice President of Research, including the McIntire-Stennis Program, as well as coordination of research-oriented meetings and special events. She also provides support to the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and NYSTAR programs and to the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy.

Cheryl A. Liptak is a Clerk Specialist II. Cheryl assists with post-award tasks of reviewing and monitoring the close-outs of awards, and notifying the PI’s of award balances and reports due.  She is also responsible for monitoring the contracts and grants campus approval review process; sub-recipient monitoring; tuition encumbering and charging; and works with the Outreach Office on multiple sponsor award set-up and closeouts.  She monitors technology transfer submissions; submits and processes cash transmittals submitted to the Research Office; and assists with faculty PIAI training. She also plays an important role in special events including the Mentoring Conference, NY State Fair and campus visits of major research figures.

Anne R. Knapp is a Clerical Specialist I.  Anne assists with many functions of the proposal process. This includes preparation and processing of a variety of required proposal forms including transmittal materials for faculty/project directors. Anne also provides assistance with post-award tasks, updating and revising data between ORP and Research Foundation database systems, tracking personnel and purchase order requisitions, forwarding monthly account statements, and assisting with sub-recipient monitoring and the effort reporting process.

Contact Us

Office of Research Programs
200 Bray Hall
SUNY-ESF
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
315-470-6606
315-470-6779 (fax)

ORP Services
Quick Reference

Abstract Review and Coding Susan E. Benoit
with Cheryl Liptak
Account Closeouts Susan E. Benoit
with Cheryl Liptak

additional Faculty/Staff Research Resources

 
Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ecrt) Anne R. Knapp
Contract and Grant Coordination/Review William J. Nicholson
with Cheryl Liptak
Faculty Salary Recovery (IFR) and
Cost Sharing (CS) Processes (RF SUNY Payroll); Cost Sharing Award Closeouts
Donna B. Follett
MaryAnne Stanton
McIntire-Stennis Administrative-Technical Christopher T. Nomura
McIntire-Stennis General Information William J. Nicholson
McIntire-Stennis Budgeting Lisa Schwabenbauer
McIntire-Stennis Guidelines Linda L. McNamara
Patents/Inventions (Technlogy Transfer) Christopher T. Nomura with Cheryl Liptak
Personnel Requisition Account Review/Approval Process Susan E. Benoit; Lisa Schwabenbauer; Kate Wall with Anne R. Knapp
Post Award Account Activity see Proposal Assistance/Budgeting
Project Technical Reporting Monitoring Susan E. Benoit
with Cheryl Liptak
Proposal Assistance/Budgeting

Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management; Paper and Bioprocess Engineering; as well as the Adirondack Ecological Center, Administrative accounts including Graduate Studies, ESF College Foundation and the McIntire-Stennis program.

Lisa Schwabenbauer
with Anne R. Knapp
and Cheryl Liptak

Departments of Chemistry; Environmental Studies; Environmental Resources Engineering; as well the Outreach Office.

Kate Wall
with Anne R. Knapp
and Cheryl Liptak

Department of Environmental and Forest Biology; Landscape Architecture; as well as the Natural Heritage Program.

Susan E. Benoit
with Anne R. Knapp
and Cheryl Liptak
Funding Opportunities-- ESF Grants Search  

Sponsor Information and Guidelines

Susan E. Benoit

COI Information/Guidelines

Anne R. Knapp

USDA NIFA's REEport // CRIS Donna B. Follett