September 28, 2018
Members of the MADE in SC Industry Engagement and Advisory Board (IEAB) met for the first time on Thursday, September 20 in Columbia. The meeting included
MADE in SC project leadership and faculty representing the various research clusters
of the project.

The meeting included an introduction to EPSCoR, and the MADE in SC project goals and progress to-date. Faculty researchers then presented accomplishments in the various research clusters of the project. Additionally, a summary of the project’s progress in workforce development and diversity activities was presented to highlight the significance of the various infrastructure improvement activities of the project.

The MADE in SC team appreciates the input from the Board members on the various aspects of the project and specifically on the potential to collaborate and partner on opportunities for faculty and students.
  MADE in SC Industry Engagement  
  and Advisory Board Members  

Bethany Acampora, Poly-Med, Inc.

Michael Andrews, Michelin

Gregg Bogucki, Boeing

Chuck Bundy, SC Department of Commerce

Jeff Caine, AVX Corporation

Jeffrey DiMaio, Tetramer Technologies

Cole Dudley, SCRA

Brenda Garcia-Diaz, Savannah River National Laboratory

Denny Goff, Milliken

Scott F. Johnson, GE Power

MADE in SC Research Fellows Conference and All-Faculty Meeting

On Friday, September 21, MADE in SC hosted its first MADE in SC Research Fellows Conference and All-Faculty Meeting – bringing together over 80 faculty and students from institutions located throughout the state. Attendees spent a day at the USC Alumni Center in Columbia getting to interact with each other and listen to a variety of talks.

Faculty attended sessions regarding the project’s strategic plan, project administration, and collaboration among institutions and research clusters. At the same time, students attended a professional development session that dealt with opportunities in materials science (speakers: Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant, Dr. Brenda Garcia-Diaz, and Mr. Chuck Bundy), entrepreneurship and innovation (speaker: Dr. Ehsan Jabberzadeh), and science communication (speaker: Mr. Clinton Colmenares). After a networking lunch, attendees participated in breakout sessions by research cluster allowing for students and faculty to share information and ideas about their research. All breakout sessions reported back to the entire conference on their recommendations. Below are a few photos from the day. More photos are available on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Top row (L to R): Welcome from Dr. Nadim Aziz, SC EPSCoR State Program Director; Students hearing a talk from Chuck Bundy, IEAB member from the SC Department of Commerce, on Opportunities in Materials Science; Faculty attending project administrative sessions led by Dr. Raj Bordia, MADE in SC Scientific Director.
Bottom row (L to R): Networking lunch; Students attending a video conference presentation by Clinton Colmenares; One of the afternoon research cluster meetings

Available Funding Programs
Open to all South Carolina Faculty

Due Mon, Oct 8, 5 pm

GEAR encourages faculty at SC's CRUs to compete for 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 at SC CRUs and PUIs to build collaborative research teams that will compete for 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.



Due TO NSF Mon, Nov 26

FY19 topic: “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.” Only one proposal (as Lead PI) per institution is allowed. Letter of Intent (LOI) is due to NSF by Mon, Nov 26. NSF limits a researcher to be the PI or Co-PI on one Track-2 grant

All SC 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 us by Tues, Nov 27


Research Focus On...

2018 NSF EPSCoR RII Track-4 Recipients
SC EPSCoR Program is pleased to announce that two South Carolina researchers have received funding as part of the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4 Program. RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. For those faculty interested in submitting for the next Track-4, proposals are due annually on the second Tuesday of March.
Dr. Ehsan Mousavi, Clemson University, received $162,550 for his proposal entitled, “RII Track-4: Event Based Approach to Model Indoor Airflow Patterns.” Mousavi will collaborate with colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) to develop and validate the Event Based Modeling (EBM) approach in the Building Science Lab at UC Berkeley, which is among the largest university laboratories in the world.

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Dr. Shuo Xiao, University of South Carolina, received $214,400 for his proposal entitled, “RII Track-4: Using the Cryopreservation and Microfluidic Technologies to Engineer Bottlenose Dolphin Ovarian Function for Testing Marine Contaminants' Female Reproductive Toxicity.” The central objective of this research proposal is to use the cryopreservation and 3D microfluidic technologies to engineer the bottlenose dolphin ovarian function in vitro.

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News, Opportunities and Deadlines

SC INBRE has released two solicitations: Developmental Research Project (DRP) Program ($50,000 for 12 months) and Bioinformatics Pilot Project (BIPP) Program ($10,000 for 12 months). The DRP Program is open to SC INBRE network and outreach institutions. The BIPP Program, in addition to open to SC INBRE network and outreach institutions, is also open to affiliate members of SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) and student/faculty teams from any SC PUI.
Ouachita Baptist University and Jacksonville State University have created the Cell Biology Education Consortium (CBEC), an NSF-funded Research Collaborative Network for Undergrad Biology Education (RCN-UBE). CBEC will develop “Cell Blocks” – modules consisting of written and video protocols and classroom implementation strategies and assessments for use at small institutions. For more info and to apply for funding opportunities, visit their website. No experience in cell tissue culture needed for funding. 
Learn the aspects of writing a Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant. Oct 9, Greenville
NSF Computational and Date-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E): Goal of CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. Full Proposal due Oct 15 to Division of Materials Research.
NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program  (IUCRC): Develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. Preliminary proposal due Oct 17; Full proposal due Dec 19.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Deadlines by discipline: Oct 22-26.
Save the dates:
Oct 16, MUSC Science Café, Charleston. Speaker: Michael Yost, Thrust 3, 3D Bioprinting: Are we ready for the Bionic Human? 
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 
• More on our Calendar!


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