October 9, 2019
The goal of the Phase-0 Program is to encourage and support South Carolina small businesses in their proposal development activities to compete effectively for SBIR/STTR Federal funding. The request can be either to support the Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina (MADE in SC) initiative (NSF EPSCoR RRII Track-1) and/or the SC Science and Technology Plan, or to be in support of other areas described in the SC Science and Technology Plan (Vision 2025).

Additional funding of $3,000 is available for materials science projects to support undergraduate student internship(s). Internships must support one or more of the MADE in SC research clusters.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for the Phase-0 Program is intended to support proposal development activities and
not intended to support small business infrastructure.

Full Proposal due Mon, Nov 18, 5 pm EST

Contact April Heyward for more info.


Max Funding Amount Per Award: $6,000

Max Funding Amount for Undergraduate Student Internships: $3,000

Award Duration: 12 months

# of Awards: Depends on quality of proposals and availability of funds

Who May Apply

Eligibility is limited to South Carolina-based small businesses that are American-owned, for-profit, with <500 employees. 

These Deadlines are NEXT WEEK!

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 on 
MON, OCT 14, 5 pm EDT

Contact April Heyward for more info.
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 on 
MON, OCT 14, 5 pm EDT

Contact April Heyward for more info.


Time is almost up for you to register to attend 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 TUES, OCT 15!

Contact Lauren Clark for more info.
NSF leads federal partners in accelerating the development of transformational, AI-powered innovation
NSF announced this week the creation of a new program that will significantly advance research in AI and accelerate the development of transformational, AI-powered innovation by allowing researchers to focus on larger-scale, longer-term research. The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program anticipates approximately $120 million in grants next year to fund planning grants and up to six research institutes in order to advance AI research and create national nexus points for universities, federal agencies, industries and nonprofits.

The program, led by NSF in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), US Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate, US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and US Department of Veterans Affairs, has both planning and institute tracks. The planning track will support planning grants for up to two years and $500,000 to enable teams to develop collaborative plans and capacity for full institute operations. The institute track will support cooperative agreements of $16 million to $20 million for four to five years (up to $4 million per year) for the creation of AI Research Institutes in an initial set of high-priority areas.

The AI Research Institutes program will support the advancement of multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on larger-scale, longer-time-horizon challenges in AI research than are supported in typical research grants.

Learn more

— NSF Press Release
— NSF Program Page
NIFA Program Page

Proposals for the Institute track must have a principal focus in one or more of the following themes:

— Trustworthy AI
— Foundations of
     Machine Learning
— AI-Driven Innovation in
     Agriculture and the
     Food System
— AI-Augmented Learning
— AI for Accelerating
     Molecular Synthesis
     and Manufacturing
— AI for Discovery in Physics

Grant proposals are due to NSF no later than Jan 28, 2020, for Institute proposals and Jan 30, 2020, for planning grant proposals.

Congratulations to Erik Antonio, Clemson University, on receiving first place in the poster competition for his poster, Solving adhesive problems in 3D printed structures, at “Insight @ BMW,” an Automotive Circle Conference in Greenville, SC held on September 12. Erik, a doctoral student working for Dr. Igor Luzinov, is a part of MADE in SC Thrust 2 (Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Materials). 

Other poster winners were:
  • Second place: Andrew Billings, ME senior, Understanding bearing defects through vibration analysis
  • Third place: Breno Schwambach, AuE graduate student, Conceptualization and implementation of an alternative cooling system on the Deep Orange 7 concept vehicle
The Department of Defense EPSCoR (DEPSCoR) recently hosted a webinar and regional meetings. The following contain links to presentation slides and FAQs from those events:

Webinar (August 15)
Northeastern Regional Meeting
(September 26)

• DEPSCoR Presentation by Dr. Rushyannah
• Effective Engagement Strategies, US
  Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Matthew
  Munson, Program Manager, Fluid Dynamics
• Basic Research at the DOD, Dr. Bindu
  Nair, Basic Research Deputy Director

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

North Dakota EPSCoR STEM Manager: Purpose of this position is to develop, implement, deliver, and monitor the STEM initiatives, educational opportunities, and events across all of ND EPSCoR’s statewide programs. Learn more/apply

From Rhode Island EPSCoR: The Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology, Assessment, and Innovation (RI C-AIM) is seeking creative, motivated, and dynamic candidates for one or more Postdoc positions that bridge key research areas being pursued by RI C-AIM. Learn more

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
OTHER FUNDING: 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

SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE: Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, Canadian astrophysicist and the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Free public lecture, Thurs, Oct 24, 7 pm, Darla 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): Palmetto Research Academy 2020 Applications due Dec 5. Program supports exposure and training for undergrad and grad students attending SC colleges and universities. 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 Phase-0)
• DOE  
• NIH 
• More can be found on our Google Calendar!

OCT 14: SC EPSCoR GEAR Program and GEAR CRP Program
OCT 15:
Nat’l NSF EPSCoR Conf Registration deadline

NSF Comp & Data-Enabled Sci & Eng  (CDS&E) – Materials Research
OCT 21: NSF Grad Research Fellowship (GRFP): Life Sci, Geosci
OCT 22: NSF GRFP: Comp & Info Sci & Eng, Eng, Materials Research
OCT 24: NSF GRFP: Psych, Soc Sci, STEM Ed & Learning
More opportunities available on our online calendar

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