August 8, 2018

NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina
MADE in SC is supported by the National Science Foundation Award #OIA-1655740.
Funding Opportunity Now Open!
The SAN Program aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the pipeline of Under Represented Minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities pursuing and completing STEM degrees.

The vision of MADE in SC is to discover and establish new and sustainable approaches for the design and assembly of hierarchical materials at multiple relevant length scales that serve South Carolina’s STEM research, education, and workforce needs and invigorate economic development. The focus of this initiative is to discover and develop new intelligently designed optical, electrochemical and magnetic materials, stimuli-responsive polymeric materials, and interactive biomaterials.

Funding priority will be given to proposals that show significant promise to positively impact the diversity of the pipeline of URM, women, and persons with disabilities in specified research areas. To achieve this, the SAN program provides three primary funding types:

  • Type I: Support for underrepresented students in research related to MADE in SC
  • Type II: Support for increasing the recruitment of a diverse group of graduate students
  • Type III: Support to host in SC scientific conferences, symposia, and meetings that aim to increase diversity of the STEM student pipeline
Award Type: Grant

Max Funding Amount Per Project: $10,000

Award Duration: 12 months

# of Awards: Will be based on quality of proposals received and availability of funding.

Who May Apply

Proposals may be submitted by a single PI from any SC college or university. Current SAN Awardees are eligible to apply for funding for a Program Type different from the one for which they are currently funded.


Full Proposal due Mon, Sept 10, 2018, 5 pm EST

Update on summer student research from Dr. Maria Gelabert at Winthrop University.

Summer research in Dr. Gelabert's lab encompasses two MADE in SC projects in optical materials: synthetic methods and fluorescence study of ZnO nanoparticles, and discovery of new compounds using hydrothermal methods and thermodynamic calculations.

Tamara Bright is exploring nanoparticle synthetic methodologies using environmentally benign solvents, as well as incorporation of thermodynamic supersaturation data as a backdrop to the kinetic factors driving particle size and properties.

Kameron Johnson is examining phase space in the K-La-Zr-O quaternary system in the search for new rare earth compounds, for applications such as scintillation.

Read more

Our MADE in SC proposal calls for the purchasing of new equipment to be made available for use by our MADE in SC participants. As part of the revisions to our website, we have added a new section listing the equipment as it becomes available. The new equipment page includes description, how it can be used, who to contact and more. You can access the page under the Resources tab (or click here!). 
News, Opportunities and Deadlines
SC Jr Academy of Science (SCJAS) will host its annual Fall Workshop for high school students and teachers on Saturday, November 10 at Columbia College. This full day program will include hands-on activities, teacher professional development and a plenary lecture. Any college faculty who are interested in hosting a hands-on session or HS teacher professional development session at the workshop should contact Marlee Marsh. Partial support for this workshop is provided through an EPSCoR Track 2 award (neuroscience), as well as an EPSCoR Track 1 MADE in SC (materials science). For more info, contact John Kaup.
Learn the aspects of writing a Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant including: history, eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for and writing instructions. The 3Phase team specializes in assisting entrepreneurs to go beyond just the technical requirements. Three upcoming workshops:
NSF Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU): Supports active research participation by undergrad students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. There are currently 11 active REU sites in South Carolina. Full proposal due August 22.
USDA NIFA Innovations at the Nexus (IN) of Food, Energy, and Water (FEW): Goal of INFEWS is to catalyze interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus. Interagency cooperation allows NSF and USDA/NIFA to combine resources to fund projects that support their respective missions. Closing Date: September 26.
Save the dates:
Oct 16, MUSC Science Café, Charleston. Speaker: Michael Yost, Thrust 3

Nov 27, Science on Tap, Greenville. Speaker: Tim Hanks, Thrust 3
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• Research Expertise

• Student Research

Funding Opportunities: 
• NIH 

Find more deadlines on our online calendar

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