September 26, 2019
GOOD NEWS, *|FNAME|* — You’ve got more time to register!*

A rare opportunity is happening next month as the South Carolina NSF EPSCoR jurisdiction is the site of the 26th biennial NSF EPSCoR National Conference in Columbia from October 27-30. If you have not already registered for the Conference, the deadline has been extended to TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15!.

If you don't attend, you’ll miss:
  • Meeting and discussing your research with all Program Officers from NSF EPSCoR, as well as the Director of EPSCoR Program, Dr. Loretta Moore.
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Sharon Glotzer, a groundbreaking material scientist from the University of Michigan. Her talk would be of relevance to MADE in SC participants. 
  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, giving a talk on priorities in science. 
Plus you’ll miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential collaborators and colleagues from other EPSCoR jurisdictions! Cost is $350 to attend. Registration will close TUES, OCT 15!

*If you've already registered, great! We look forward to seeing you at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at the end of October!

Proposal Submission
Deadlines Extended

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 now due on 
MON, OCT 14, 5 pm EDT
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 now due on 
MON, OCT 14, 5 pm EDT
The Scientific Advocate Network (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, women, and persons with disabilities. 

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

USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies* are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas.

Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development purposes.

Applications due to USDA by Weds, Oct 23. Learn more
*FY 2019 Research Priority #7: Sustainable Bioenergy and Development of Value-Added Products From Forest Resources: Research for development of improved methods for the conversion of forest biomass into cellulosic biofuels (e.g. ethanol, biobutanol, jet aviation) and biobased products, including intermediate chemicals; development of new wood-based composite materials; development of local scale energy conversion projects that generate electricity and/or useful heat; and development of technologies that will mitigate carbon release from combustion. (RFA, page 7)

MADE in SC All-Faculty Meeting and Research Fellows Conference

Over 100 faculty and students participating in MADE in SC met together at the Pastides Alumni Center in Columbia on Friday, September 20. The Conference had a general session discussing the Materials Genome Initiative, followed by research cluster meetings (Thrusts), a poster session and the students (Research Fellows) attended a special session with a panel of select members of the project’s Industry Engagement and Advisory Board who presented on professional opportunities in advanced materials careers. Click here to view photos from the event.

MADE in SC Research Focus On
Fang Wang and Ulf D. Schiller, Thrust 3 (Biomaterials)

Many materials are porous media that contain pores within a skeletal matrix. Porous materials are important for a range of engineering applications, ranging from fabrics for your clothing to ceramic electrodes for batteries. The internal structure of porous materials is similar to a sponge, and the flow of fluids in porous media is a very complex phenomenon that cannot be as easily described as the flow through a pipe. Depending on the affinity between the fluid and the surfaces of the porous matrix, some fluids will flow through the material more easily than others. This concept is used applications such as filtration. For example, to sequester water droplets from diesel fuel, a coalescing filter is used that consists of porous membranes made from small fibers. When the mixture flows through the filter, water droplets collect on the fibers and merge into larger and larger droplets (coalescence) that are eventually pulled into the sump area by gravity. The efficiency of this process has a significant impact on the performance and lifetime of diesel engines. The geometric structure and surface properties of the filter material have a complicated influence on the filtration efficiency. The Schiller Research Group at Clemson University develops computational models and performs computer simulations of flow through porous media to investigate the relationship between the microscopic pore structure and the macroscopic transport properties

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

Call for Nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science. Honors an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in SC merit special recognition and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in SC. Four awards: Excellence in Scientific Research, Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Excellence in Scientific Awareness, and Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution. Collaborative (team) awards are encouraged and are eligible in each category. Due Dec 3. Learn more

SC Sea Grant Consortium Student FELLOWSHIPS
• Coastal Management Fellowship, due Jan 17
• Kathryn D Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship, due Jan 31
• John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, due Feb 21
NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships, due TBD
• Omnibus Proposal Grants 
• Program Development Grants

Questions regarding these opportunities should be directed to: Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2078, Email

The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research program awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergrad and grad students from most areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences 
allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard lab equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Membership in Sigma Xi is not needed to apply. Apply by Oct 1 (or March 1 annually).

SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE: Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, Canadian astrophysicist and the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, speaking on his discoveries which showed that neutrinos have mass, providing evidence for new laws of physics beyond the standard theory of elementary particles. Free public lecture, Thurs, Oct 24, 7 pm, W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance HallDarla Moore School of Business, UofSC Columbia. Content will be presented at a level accessible to a broad general audience. Learn more

SC Space Grant Consortium (NASA EPSCoR) FACULTY Palmetto Research Academy 2020 Applications due Dec 5. Palmetto Academy Student Program supports exposure and training for undergrad and grad students attending colleges and universities in SC with various backgrounds and career aspirations of critical importance to the National aerospace program. Faculty at SC Space Grant member institutions apply to host a Palmetto Academy site focused on one of NASA’s current research priorities. Learn more

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!

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 14: SC EPSCoR GEAR Program and GEAR CRP Program
OCT 15: 26th Nat’l NSF EPSCoR Conference 
Registration deadline
OCT 21: NSF Grad Research Fellowship (GRFP): Life Sci, Geosci
OCT 22: NSF Grad Research Fellowship (GRFP): Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
More opportunities available on our online calendar

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