July 24, 2019
The Department of Defense EPSCoR Program (DEPSCoR) has recently released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement. This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely

1) Applicant/PI, a non-previously DoD-funded, full-time faculty member with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator and

2) Collaborator/co-PI, an investigator who will serve as a mentor to the Applicant and was previously funded by DoD within the last seven years. 

To address the program’s aim, DEPSCoR will focus on capacity building through human and technical resources and is seeking proposals that advance knowledge in fundamental science involving bold and ambitious research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes.

Approximately $3.6 million in total funding will be made available to fund approximately six awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each ($200,000 per year for three years).
In addition, the Basic Research Office will fund:

one additional Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award per Service (ARO, ONR, and AFOSR) and

three additional Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards per Service (Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research).

This additional funding is set aside for researchers in DEPSCoR-eligible States/Territories. When applying for these, you will need to indicate you are in a DEPSCoR eligible state.
Over the past year, the South Carolina EPSCoR Committee has worked to revise its Bylaws and has voted to adopt new and restated Bylaws at its December 19, 2018 meeting. The new Bylaws became effective on July 1, 2019.

One of the major changes to the Bylaws is making the Committee Chairmanship a three-year rotation among the three South Carolina comprehensive research universities – starting with the University of South Carolina, followed by Clemson University and then the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Michael Matthews, Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, UofSC College of Engineering and Computing, assumed the responsibilities of Chair on July 1. The other major change is the removal of IDeA from its name. 

SC EPSCoR State Committee membership includes representatives from academe, government and private sectors, including members of underrepresented groups in STEM. In addition to requiring Bylaws for the governing statewide EPSCoR committee, NSF requires a state Science and Technology Plan for the jurisdiction.

For more information, here are some links: For more information please contact Dr. Nadim Aziz, SC EPSCoR Program Director.
Turning Viruses from Parasites to Medical Cures

Dr. Wang will discuss how the co- evolution of virus and human immune systems can help scientists to develop novel biomaterials using viruses as building blocks. In particular, virus can be used for vaccine development and cancer immunotherapy.

Midlands Science on Tap
Sat, Aug 10, 7:30 pm
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia 29205

Open to the public. Hosted by the SC State Museum and Midlands Astronomy Club. Weather permitting, telescopes will be available after the talk to observe the night sky.

Focus On

Graduate School Education Opportunities

South Carolina STEM students considering applying to attend graduate school in-state have two upcoming opportunities to gain more information to assist in their decision.
UofSC College of Engineering and Computing will be hosting a FREE Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab with the National GEM Consortium 
on Fri and Sat, Oct 4 and 5. GRAD Lab encourages considering grad engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship. This event is for undergrad STEM students considering attending grad school. More info and registration.

Oct 4: Lab tours and reception at UofSC College of Engineering and Computing

Oct 5: GRAD Lab hosted at the Darla Moore School of Business.
STEM – ALL IN hosted at Clemson University, Oct 17-20. All-expense paid, three-day visit to learn about Clemson’s engineering and science graduate programs. The STEM ALL IN program is a diversity recruitment initiative designed to give talented students from underrepresented populations an opportunity to visit the campus early in the application process in order to learn about STEM-related research opportunities at Clemson.

Open to US residents or students attending a US university. Apply by 
Sept 19. This event is sponsored in part by MADE in SC. 

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will welcome faculty, researchers, students and staff from EPSCoR jurisdictions around the country for enriching speakers, engaging breakout sessions and bustling student poster presentations on October 27-30. This biennial conference is being held in here in Columbia. Let’s get a good showing of South Carolina researchers and students to show the rest of the nation the excellent work being done right here in the Palmetto State. Register by Sept 20. Learn more 

Abstract Deadline: Friday, Aug 23, 5 pm EST. Abstract submissions are invited from those engaged in EPSCoR research projects, including grad and undergrad students, postdocs, RII Track-2 PIs, RII Track-4 PIs and others. Unable to accept abstracts not affiliated with EPSCoR research projects due to space limitations. Guidelines
Researchers in SC involved with the following EPSCoR affiliated programs are eligible to submit abstracts:

JULY 31: NSF CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)
AUG 6: LOI – NSF Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC)
AUG 10: MADE in SC Speaker Series - Qian Wang, Midlands Science on Tap
AUG 13: 
NSF Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)

NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Phase I Awards and New/Renewal Phase II Centers
AUG 14: NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
AUG 16: DOD ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP)
AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence, not only in their research careers, but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. Prize of $5,000, commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient. Due by Aug 1, 11:59 pm ET. 
SC INBRE 11th Annual Science Symposium, Sat, Sept 7: Call for Abstracts (SC INBRE-funded faculty and students) due Mon, Aug 19; Registration (open to the public) closes Mon, Aug 26.
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