March 12, 2020
SC EPSCoR 2020 State Conference Postponed!

The SC EPSCoR State Conference usually brings together faculty and students from across the state to share their research and participate in other activities. As we monitored the coronavirus situation and the precautionary measures taken by colleges and universities in the state (e.g., extended spring breaks and travel restrictions), it became apparent that we cannot achieve the Conference objectives. Therefore, the State Conference that was planned for April 3rd is postponed and will be rescheduled to take place in the Fall 2020 Semester. Stay tuned and Stay Safe!
 RAPID Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Research
In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately: 
  • to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19,
  • to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and
  • to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.
NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities. In addition, NSF invites researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration. All questions should be directed either to a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or to
Funding Opportunity for Non-Tenured Faculty/Researchers
The Track-4 Program provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of non-tenured investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions.

In recent years, five junior faculty members from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have received $1.3 million from the NSF EPSCoR Track-4 Program. The host sites for these faculty members are: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, Oregon Health and Science University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Click here to see the listing and abstracts of all NSF EPSCoR funded awards to South Carolina, including the Track-4 awards.

For Non-Tenured and Research Faculty Only

Three Proposals per Institution

Max. Award Amount

Max. Award Duration
24 months

Proposal Deadline
May 12 by 5 p.m.

NSF EPSCoR Track-4 Solicitation
Research Focus On:

MADE in SC: MGI Implementation

Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina (MADE in SC) will discover and develop new intelligently designed optical, electrochemical and magnetic materials (Thrust 1), stimuli-responsive polymeric materials (Thrust 2), and interactive biomaterials (Thrust 3), with all supported by a Multiscale Modeling and Computation Core.

Research conducted by MADE in SC faculty and students will also be aligned with the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) using the MGI Framework and MGI Databases identified by the project team. 

As an example, the yellow and blue cores operate in a continuous feedback loop with one another, aiming for the Theory, Modeling and Simulation (TMS) core to guide the Experimental (EXP) core toward acceleration of the materials Research/development/discovery process, and toward optimization of materials design and performance. In turn, the EXP core informs the next iteration of TMS activities. The Data Science/Database (DS/DB) core represents the emergent tools of machine learning and data science, to learn design principles, to determine bounds on performance properties, and to optimize material performance across the design and processing parameter space. The databases are positioned to use the information generated by the broader community and to share the information generated with the broader community.

Click here for databases

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA) student chapters at Clemson University will be hosting their annual materials and optics poster competition on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 in the Watt Family Innovation Center.
The Chapters invite you to participate in this year's event by presenting your research. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top Graduate and Undergraduate posters! 
Registration is currently open at
For more information, contact 
Vaibhav Palkar or Erik Antonio.
The South Carolina Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program enables teachers to engage in a six-week immersive research experience at an institution in their local area. RET represents a full-time commitment (35-40 hours/week) and provides financial support ($3,000 each) to participants, as well as a supplies budget (up to $500) to translate summer experiences into deliverables during the participant’s academic year instruction. The Program is currently seeking faculty to mentor a teacher(s) from their local area during Summer 2020. For additional information or for any questions, please contact RET Coordinator Dr. John Kaup by email or call (864) 294-3773.

SC Sea Grant Coastal Outreach Internship
SC Sea Grant Consortium Student
John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 
Omnibus Proposal Grants
Program Development Grants

Questions? Contact Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2078, Email

Looking for collaborators?
Faculty:  Research Expertise Profiles 
Students:  Student Research Interests

More available on our online calendar

Check the SC NASA EPSCoR website for news and opportunities for students and faculty.

Check the SC Space Grant Consortium website for news and opportunities for students and faculty.

Questions? Contact Tara Scozzaro, SC Space Grant and SC NASA EPSCoR Program Manager, (843) 953-5463, Email

Funding Opportunities

• DOE  
• NIH 

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