January 21, 2019

The SC EPSCoR 2019 annual State Conference is coming in April, but in a brand-new location. We can't wait to bring the Conference to the Upstate!

As always, the State Conference is open to the public. All are invited to come find out about STEM research and the programs offered through SC EPSCoR and South Carolina’s NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 materials research program, MADE in SC.

Stay tuned! More details coming soon in our newsletters, social media and website. You won’t want to miss out!

MADE in SC Faculty:

Faculty Meeting.
 A MADE in SC Faculty meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 10 am to 3 pmAll faculty involved in MADE in SC are expected to attend this meeting in Columbia, SC. This meeting is similar to the meeting we held last September and will include breakout sessions by research thrust. We will also discuss preparations for the External Advisory and Review Board (EARB) meeting in April. Meeting agenda and location coming soon.

EARB Meeting. All MADE in SC faculty are expected to attend the EARB meeting that is scheduled for Thursday, April 11. This meeting is an opportunity to showcase the success of the various aspects of the project and to interact with the EARB members. More details to come.

Mid-year Reporting. Thanks to those of you who entered information into the Reporting Portal regarding your progress to date. We will review the report and reach out to you individually if we need additional information. If you have not had the chance to enter data into the portal, the Portal is still open! Please remember to enter your accomplishments to-date and any publications that resulted from your work on MADE in SC. You can access the reporting portal by clicking here. For instructions, read the MiSC email sent to you on January 3.

The NSF EPSCoR Regional Outreach: All About Research Center Programs (AARCP) meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, in Mobile, Alabama. 

This event will be attended by up to five NSF Center Program Officers and two to three Center Directors who will provide extensive information about the various Centers sponsored by the NSF.  The event will also feature breakout sessions where attendees can ask questions about Centers and speak with the attending Program Officers and Center Directors.

Faculty who are interested in pursuing research center proposals to attract a center to South Carolina are encouraged to attend this NSF-sponsored workshop.

Read more / register

Through the NSF EPSCoR and NIH INBRE statewide awards, funding is available to provide a summer research experience for a high school (HS) teacher in your local area. The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program seeks out research mentors and interested HS science teachers and connects these two individuals for a 6-week summer research experience. The research happens at your university (college) with a teacher from a HS in your local area. 
The research opportunities are in advanced materials and biomedical scienceThis brochure 
provides some details about the program.
The main commitment currently being sought is your permission to list a project description as a possible opportunity for a local teacher in your area. Time is of the essence as the teacher application opens soon! 

For more info, contact Dr. John Kaup, Director of Science Education, Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences, Furman University, email, (864) 294-3773

We offer our congratulations to Susie Shannon, President and CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness on being named one of Columbia Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential of 2018 (see page 61).

Ms. Shannon is a member of SC EPSCoR’s State Committee. This is the second consecutive year she has been recognized as a 50 Most Influential by Columbia Business Monthly.

Send us your news and accomplishments!

Have you received an award or recognition? Have you published a paper or book chapter? Please let us know so we can share it in our newsletter/social media!

Focus On...

SC EPSCoR State Committee
The South Carolina EPSCoR State Committee brings together the leaders of the academic institutions and government agencies involved in carrying out EPSCoR objectives, and therefore oversees the coordination of initiatives across South Carolina EPSCoR-funded programs. The goal of the State Committee is to identify, develop, and utilize South Carolina’s academic science and technology resources in a way that will support wealth creation and a more productive and fulfilling way of life for its citizens. To achieve this goal, it serves as both an advocacy and working group for the Program.

Members of the State Committee are:
Mark Sothmann, Committee Chair, Provost Emeritus, MUSC

Prakash Nagarkatti, SC EPSCoR State Director, Vice President for Research, UofSC

Nadim Aziz, State Office Director, SC EPSCoR

Mark Barnes, Director, Analytical Development Section, Savannah River Nat’l Lab

Christopher Davies, Associate Provost for Research Infrastructure, MUSC 

Kenneth R. Deans., Jr., President and CEO, Health Sciences South Carolina

Tanju Karanfil, Vice President for Research, Clemson

Elbert Malone, Associate Provost of Sponsored Programs and Research, SC State University
Michael Matthews, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, UofSC College of Engineering and Computing

Michael McInerney, Director of External Affairs, SC Commerce Department

Angela Peters, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Claflin University

Bob Quinn, Executive Director, South Carolina Research Authority

Susie Shannon, President and CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness

Kelly Steinhilper, Vice President for Communications and Strategy, South Carolina Technical College System

John Wheeler, Associate Provost for Integrative Science, Furman University

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

JUDGES NEEDED for South Carolina Academy of Science and South Carolina Junior Academy of Science 92nd Annual Meeting at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC on Saturday, March 30.

Need ≥40 judges for 200+ written papers and ≥60 judges for 350-400 oral and poster research presentations at the event. Judges registration form

AR-CURE Synthetic Biology Workshop: 3-day workshop. There are NSF funds to cover some/most of travel, all of lodging/food. You do not need experience with molecular cloning, synthetic biology or CURE to apply. App deadline is Jan 24.

SC Sea Grant Consortium Pre-announcement of RFP FY20-22, The Changing Face of South Carolina: Building a Resilient Future. Proposals are expected to address specific RFP priorities under the following themes: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Weather and Climate Resilience, and Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development. RFP and guidelines will be released Feb 1.

The IDeA Co-funding Initiative invites R01 and R15 submissions from NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The applications must be investigator-initiated and from institutions in IDeA-eligible states that were deemed meritorious in initial peer review, but are beyond the IC’s payline. Investigators that are interested in their applications being considered for IDeA Co-funding should talk with the application’s Program Officer (PO) about their interest in this program. The deadline for nominations this year is APRIL 5 by COB.
(Idaho EPSCoR) Project Director: Project director serves as the principal admin of EPSCoR in Idaho and the PI on Idaho’s NSF RII Track-1 awards. Apply by Jan 23.
(Montana EPSCoR) Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems project is seeking a Data Curation Librarian to provide technical leadership and support for project data management and sharing, including development of, and compliance with, CREWS project data policies. Apply by Jan 30.
(Rhode Island EPSCoR) Postdoc Fellowships: Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation & Modeling currently hiring postdocs. One-year appointment, with an option to renew for a second year based on performance and available funding. Apply by Jan 31.
Call for Papers. Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, Thin Films, and Devices XVI (OP112), August 11-15, San Diego. Abstracts due Jan 30. Learn more/submit 
NSF 18-600: Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics. How epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Due to NSF by Feb 1, 5 pm.
NIH Biomedical Research Facilities: FOA invites qualified academic institutions to apply for support to modernize existing or construct new biomedical research facilities. LOI due to NIH by Feb 1.
NSF/REU in Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech. Rising soph., jr. and sr. undergrads from all US colleges / universities are invited to apply by Feb 15, 11:59 pm EST.
NSF Mid-scale Research InfrastructureImplementation projects may have a total project cost ranging from $6M up to below $20M, supporting new or upgraded research infrastructure. Only Design projects may request less than $6M. Preliminary Proposal Due Feb 19, 5 pm.
National Center for Genome Resources Differential Gene Expression Workshop, April 8-12, Santa Fe, NM. Acquire the skill-set to independently analyze RNA-Seq data using the command line interface, analytical workflows and current differential gene expression tools. Apply by Feb 24.
Save the dates:
Feb 26Science on Tap,
  Greenville. Speaker:
  Kostya Kornev, Thrust 3 –

We need speakers to place at venues throughout the state. Please contact Cyndy if you are willing to give a talk (we especially need MADE in SC presenters)!

April 12: SC EPSCoR/ MADE in SC Annual State Conference in Greenville, SC. Details to come soon!

June 17-18: Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop – grant writing and career skills for all faculty and students. Co-hosted by SC INBRE and SC EPSCoR. Workshop is free and open to all. Click here to view last year’s Workshop information.

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Funding Opportunities: 
• NIH 
• More on our Calendar!


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