January 31, 2019

SC EPSCoR is pleased to announce the 2019 Phase-0 Program award recipients. Phase-0 Program provides $6,000 seed grants to South Carolina-based, American-owned, for-profit small businesses seeking funding for their innovative ideas from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This year's recipients are:

ATP-SC, LLCAllendale, SC
Project Title: Developing Bio-Based, Cellulosic Fillers for the Production of Superior Circular Economy Composites and Plastics
Principal Investigator: Joseph James

Circa BioscienceGreenwood, SC
Project Title: Development of a Novel Bio-Adhesive Mesh System for Abdominal Hernia Repair
Principal Investigator: Kevin Champaigne

KnewTek™, LLC, Greenwood, SC
Project Title: USDA Alert Communication Unit for Hearing Impaired in Rural Areas
Principal Investigator: Thomas Riley

Purilogics, LLC, Greenville, SC
Project Title: Affinity Membrane for Rapid, High-Recovery Purification of Gene Therapy Viral Vectors
Principal Investigator: Daniel Henn

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MADE in SC Faculty:

Faculty Meeting.
 A MADE in SC Faculty meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 10 am to 4 pm in Columbia at the USC Alumni CenterAll faculty involved in MADE in SC are expected to attend this meeting. Click here for more information. Register your attendance no later than 12 noon EST on Monday, February 11.

Mark your calendar to attend the External Advisory and Review Board (EARB) Meeting on Thursday, April 11 in Greenville, SC at the Greenville Marriott. 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.

Lone Ranger and Tonto. Batman and Robin. Justice League. Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy. Fantastic Four. X-Men.

What do all of these have in common?
They are better together than working alone. 

What does this have to do with the annual SC EPSCoR State Conference at the Greenville Marriott on Friday, April 12?
Stay tuned to the next newsletter to find out!

Congratulations to Bob Quinn, Executive Director of South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) on being named one of Charleston Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential of 2018.

Mr. Quinn is a member of SC EPSCoR’s State Committee

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...

Teacher and Student Support
SC EPSCoR has a commitment to developing the STEM student pipeline. We accomplish this goal through several different methods:
  • Training the Trainers (the Teachers): The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program matches faculty with high school (HS) teachers in their local area for a 6-week summer research experience. Funded by both SC EPSCoR/MADE in SC and SC INBRE, research opportunities are in advanced materials and biomedical science. This brochure provides some details about the program. Currently needed are faculty willing to be mentors for Summer 2019. Contact Dr. John Kaup, RET Coordinator at email or call (864) 294-3773 for more info. Teachers who participate in this program are then able to expand what they are able to teach in their classrooms.
  • Teacher/Student Newsletter: SC EPSCoR and MADE in SC have developed a brand new quarterly newsletter with information and opportunities for teachers and students. The first issue is available online and contains a link for individuals to subscribe to receive future issues. Please share this link with any HS teachers you may know!
  • College Student Development Opportunities: We offer several different opportunities for undergrads and grad students to develop their skills and further their careers. One such event is the MADE in SC Research Fellows Conference, an annual conference for the students participating in the MADE in SC project. Dates for 2019 are to be announced in a future newsletter. Another event, co-hosted with SC INBRE, is the annual Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop. This two-day workshop is open to any faculty and student statewide. The event involves grant writing sessions for faculty one-day and skills/career sessions for all on the other day. This year’s dates will be Monday, June 17 (all) and Tuesday, June 18 (faculty). More info to come!

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

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.
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 –
June 17-18: Academic
  Leadership and Career
  Development Workshop
Have you registered? 
Looking for collaborators?
• Research Expertise
 Database (faculty)
• Student Research
  Interests Profiles

Funding Opportunities: 
• NIH 
• More on our Calendar!


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