September 6, 2018
NSF EPSCoR has recently released the FY19 Track-2 solicitation on “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.” Only one proposal (as Lead PI) per institution is allowed, and a Letter of Intent (LOI) is due to NSF by Monday, November 26.

These awards require collaboration with other EPSCoR jurisdictions. The amount of an award increases with the number of collaborating jurisdictions on the project. NSF limits a researcher to be the PI or Co-PI on one Track-2 grant

To help in finding collaborators, SC EPSCoR has expanded the Research Expertise Profiles database by inviting all other EPSCoR jurisdictions to encourage faculty registration. Make sure you are in the database and your information is correct!

 All interested South Carolina institutions are encouraged to conduct an internal selection process to identify the most competitive research idea from their faculty and submit
a LOI to NSF. Each institution that submits a LOI to NSF can receive 
SC EPSCoR proposal development funds by emailing 
April Heyward, SC EPSCoR Program Manager, by 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Recent Track-2 South Carolina Award Recipients


Christopher McMahan and
Rajandeep Sekhon
Co-PIs, Clemson University 
PI from Kentucky



Sarah Harcum, PI, Clemson University 
Collaborating with Delaware and Louisiana

Hippokratis Kiaris, PI, USC 
Ananda Mondal, Co-PI at Claflin University
Collaborating with Alabama



Stephen Foulger, PI, Clemson University
Collaborating with Alabama and New Mexico

Andreas Heyden and Gabriel Terejanu
PI from Puerto Rico

Three Funding Programs
Open to all South Carolina Faculty


Due THIS Mon, Sept 10,
5 pm! Apply today!
SAN aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the pipeline of URM, women, and persons with disabilities pursuing and completing STEM degrees. 3 funding types.

Max Funding Amount Per Project: $10,000. 

Award Duration: 12 months

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.



Due Mon, Oct 8, 5 pm
GEAR encourages faculty researchers at SC's CRUs to compete for research funding to support MADE in SC research clusters. Proposals must be a collaboration between two investigators from Clemson, MUSC, and/or USC Columbia and, preferably, between a senior faculty and a junior faculty member. 

Max Funding Amount Per Project: $60,000

Award Duration: 12 months

Proposals may be submitted by a PI from Clemson, MUSC, or USC Columbia. Current GEAR awardees are not eligible to apply in this funding cycle.



Due Mon, Oct 8, 5 pm
GEAR CRP encourages faculty researchers at SC CRUs and PUIs to build collaborative academic research teams that will compete for research funding related to MADE in SC. Proposals must include two investigators with a senior CRU faculty and a PUI junior faculty. See website for full eligibility description.

Max Funding Amount Per Project: $60,000

Award Duration: 12 months

Faculty members from any SC college or university may serve as a PI. Current GEAR CRP Awardees are not eligible for this funding cycle.


Research Focus On...

MADE in SC Summer Research at Furman
Eight undergraduates (7 Furman University, 1 visiting student from Benedict College) participated in ten-week research projects mentored by five Chemistry faculty at Furman University campus this summer, supported as MADE in SC Student Fellows.
  • Henry London (Furman) worked with Dr. Marion Martin on a Thrust 1 project.
  • Annie Curtiss (Furman) and Hannah Feinburg (Furman) worked with Dr. Tim Hanks on Thrust 3 projects.
  • Emily Lane worked with Dr. Paul Wagenknect on a Thrust 1 project. 
  • Savannah Carnahan (Furman) and Ahmed Yunus (Benedict) worked with Dr. Jeff Petty and Furman students Declan Devens and Grace Flanagan worked with Dr. Brian Goess on projects related to Thrust 2 and Thrust 3.
Marion Martin’s summer research group
Paul Wagenknecht’s summer research group
Brian Goess’ summer research group
Tim Hanks’ summer research group
Jeff Petty’s summer research group

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. 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 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 International Research Experiences for Students (IRES): Supports international research and research-related activities for US science and engineering students. Full proposal deadlines: Sept 11 (Track-I: IRES Sites), Sept 18 (Track-II: Adv’d Studies Institutes), Sept 25 (Track-III: New Concepts in Intern’l Grad Experience).
NSF Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Two funding opportunities available: RESEARCH-PGR TRACK: Genome-scale plant research to address fundamental biological questions in biology, including economically important processes of societal importance and TRTech-PGR TRACK: Tools, resources and technology breakthroughs that further enable functional plant genomics. Full proposals accepted anytime.
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
Feb 26Science on Tap, Greenville. Speaker: Kostya Kornev, Thrust 3

Looking for speakers – contact Cyndy!

Funding Opportunities: 
• NIH 

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