September 6, 2019
The MADE in SC All Faculty Meeting and Research Fellows Conference will be held on Friday, September 20 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Pastides Alumni Center located at 900 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201. This will be the annual meeting to review MADE in SC research projects at ALL institutions and to ensure funded projects demonstrate experimental and computation integration. MADE in SC faculty  attendance and participation in this is extremely important! 

The All-Faculty Meeting coincides with the Research Fellows Conference for all students supported and participating in MADE in SC research projects. There will be concurrent programming for students to include a poster session and professional development session.
Click here to register for the Meeting and Conference.
The GEAR CRP Solicitation 8-CRP2019 has been updated to reflect the following requirement:
Proposed research must be collaborative, demonstrate a connection between experiments and Modeling and Computation Core (MCC) efforts (theory, computation, simulation, etc.), and be clearly aligned with the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).”
The requirement of inclusion “two investigators with a senior faculty from a CRU and junior faculty from a PUI” remains as a requirement.
For more information on the GEAR CRP program, please contact

Open Solicitations

For more information, please contact
The goal of the GEAR Program is to encourage faculty researchers at SC’s three comprehensive research universities to compete for research funding to support the MADE in SC research clusters. 

Max Funding Amount Per Award: $60,000
Duration: 12 months
Full Proposal due 
Mon, Sept 30, 5 pm EST
The goal of GEAR CRP is to encourage faculty researchers to build collaborative CRU/PUI academic research teams that will enhance the network of scientists conducting research related to MADE in SC.

Max Funding Amount Per Award: $60,000
Duration: 12 months
Full Proposal due 
Mon, Sept 30, 5 pm EST
The SAN Program aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the STEM pipeline of Under Represented Minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities. 

Max Funding Amount Per Award: $10,000
Duration: 12 months
Full Proposal due 
Mon, Oct 7, 5 pm EST

Focus On
Dr. Kishwar Ahmed

MADE in SC is proud to introduce one of its newest faculty hires in the Multiscale Modeling and Computation CoreDr. Kishwar Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed is one of 17 faculty that will be hired during the five-year project.

Dr. Kishwar Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. His research focuses on modeling and simulation of high-performance computing (HPC) systems. His recent research has focused on developing performance prediction models for large-scale computing systems containing thousands of nodes. The interconnection network models are based on network topologies widely used in HPC systems: dragonfly, torus, and fat-tree. The models provide good accuracy, while at the same time allow for good parallel performance. 

Dr. Ahmed is currently conducting research to achieve energy-efficiency for large-scale computing systems. He has been designing emergency and economic demand response models for energy-efficient HPC systems. He uses contract theory (a tool from microeconomics) to design a novel economic demand response model for HPC systems and plans to use game theory and optimization to develop novel models for energy-efficiency and sustainability of large-scale computing systems. In the future, he will focus on predicting HPC application power and performance through different machine learning techniques.

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will welcome other EPSCoR jurisdictions around the country Oct 27-30 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Register by Sept 20. Learn more 

Abstract Deadline EXTENDED to Sept 9, 5 pm EST. Researchers in South Carolina involved with the following EPSCoR affiliated programs are eligible to submit abstracts:

Looking for collaborators?
• Research Expertise Profiles Database (faculty)
• Student Research Interests Profiles Database (students)

Funding Opps: 
• SC EPSCoR  (3 open –  GEAR, GEAR CRP, and SAN)
• DOE  
• NIH 
• More can be found on our Google Calendar!

SEPT 10, 17, 24: NSF Internat’l Research Experiences for Students (IRES). See solicitation for due dates by track.
SEPT 26: NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) - Frontier
NSF EHR Core Research (ECR) Fundamental Research in STEM Ed

NSF Fundamental Discipline-Based Ed Research (DBER) Focused on Undergrad and Grad STEM Ed
OCT 7: SC EPSCoR SAN Program
OCT 21: NSF Grad Research Fellowship (GRFP): Life Sci, Geosci
More opportunities available on our online calendar

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