October 24, 2019
NSF EPSCoR has recently released the FY20 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 Fri, Dec 20.

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

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 Mon, Dec 23
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 for undergrad 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 Proposals due Mon, Nov 18,
5 pm EST

For more info, contact April Heyward.

NSF National Conference is NEXT WEEK!
Beginning on Sunday, October 27, South Carolina will welcome representatives from the different NSF EPSCoR jurisdictions and NSF EPSCoR. As this is a national conference, we want to welcome those from other states and territories and can’t wait to show them the best South Carolina has to offer – including a small sampling of our research. You can find the full agenda and presenters on the Conference website.

Here are South Carolina presenters to look for and support at the Conference:

9:30 am: Hanno zur Loye, UofSC, will be presenting Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina (MADE IN SC)

1 pm: Eleni Farmaki, UofSC will be presenting RII Track-2: Genome to fitness: An analysis of the stress response in Peromyscus

3:15 pm: James Clark, SCSU, will moderate a panel discussing approaches to increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM
POSTER, 2 to 3 pm

#4: 4 Understanding Drivers of Success and Participation: A Black Woman’s Storied Mathematical Experiences, Morgin Jones Williams, USCB Beaufort, Faculty

#5: Energy-Efficient Modeling of High Performance Computing Systems, Kishwar Ahmed, USC Beaufort, Faculty - MADE in SC NEW HIRE!

#21: Hydrothermal Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Molybdenum Tellurites, Dawanya Burgess, Claflin, Undergraduate Student

#22: Syntheses and Structures of Manganese Tellurite Chloride, Mary-Renate Davis, Claflin, Undergraduate Student

#23: Environmentally Friendly Synthesis of Core Shell Micro-Particles for Fossil Energy Application, Lunndon Lewis, SCSU, Undergraduate Student

#24: Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Jereshia Bush, Benedict, Undergraduate Student

#25: Detection of Intrusion using Deep Learning, Robert Roser, The Citadel, Undergraduate Student

#26: Bedform geometry with different sediment sizes, Jeffrey Okeke, UofSC, Undergraduate Student

#27: Measurement of Bromide and Iodide in South Carolina Rivers: “How Salty is Your Water?”, Terrica Bowers, UofSC, Undergraduate Student

#28: Synthesis and machine learning discovery of In/ZrO2/SAPO-34 catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation, Eboni Brown, UofSC, Undergraduate Student

#37: Supported palladium catalyst structure and acidity effects on liquid phase hydrodeoxygenation, John Meynard Tengco, UofSC, Postdoctoral Scholar

#47: Natural organic matter composition determines the molecular nature of silver nanomaterial NOM-corona, Mohammed Baalousha, UofSC, Faculty

#48: Vitrification of Ovarian Follicles Enables a Long-Term-Storage and Ready-to-Use Ovarian Tissue Bank for Establishing a High-Throughput Female Reproductive Toxicity Screening Platform, Shuo Xiao, UofSC, Faculty

#49: The Molecular Nature of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals on Nanoparticles, Eric P. Vejerano, UofSC, Faculty 

#53: Polymorphism analysis of promoter regions of GRP78 gene in Peromyscus maniculatus, Elena Farmaki, UofSC, Faculty

#54Comparison of Differences in Cell Work Studies on Titanium-Based SubstratesAyse Turhan-Comert, Benedict, Undergraduate Student

9 am: Dirk Brown, UofSC, will be part of a panel discussion on Public-Private partnerships in driving innovation; Kaitlyn Park, UofSC, will be part of a panel discussion on Communicating science online and through social media platforms

10:30 am: John Kaup, Furman, will be part of a EOD Workshop on Effective practices in community engagement

2:30 pm: Jill Gemmill, Claflin, will be part of a breakout session on Challenges of big data storage, transfer and management; Karina Liles, Claflin, will be part of a student session on Careers within and outside of academia
POSTERS, 1 to 2 pm

#44: Ultrafast photophysics dynamics in phase transition VO2 thin films, Pan Adhikari, Clemson, Graduate Student

#45: Ultrafast carrier dynamics of thin-film perovskite solar cells, Exian Liu, Clemson, Graduate Student

#46: Development of a prototype for assessing historical and real time flood information, Nattapon Donratanapat, UofSC, Graduate Student

#47: Towards development of a smart orthopedic plate to noninvasively image implant associated infection, Unaiza Uzair, Clemson, Graduate Student

#48: Ultrafast Carrier Transport Dynamics in-situ Perovskite Films and Crystals, Kanishka Kobbekaduwa, Clemson, Graduate Student

#49: Molten Salt Synthesis of a Family of Rubidium Hollandites, Mohammad Usman, UofSC, Graduate Student

#50: An injectable hydrogel biosensor to measure pH in tumors using X-ray imaging technique, Sachindra Kiridena, Clemson, Graduate Student

#51: Detection of hip infections using an implantable hydrogel-based synovial fluid pH sensor, Uthpala Wijayaratna, Clemson, Graduate Student

#52: Porcine internal thoracic artery decellularization: Effects of chemical and physical parameters, Julia Hohn, UofSC, Graduate Student

#53: Unfolded Protein Response Variations in Deer Mice Fibroblasts Indicate Metaflammation Susceptibility, Youwen Zhang, UofSC, Graduate Student

#54: Coordination of the Unfolded Protein Response in different species and tissues of Peromyscus, Elham Soltanmohammadi, UofSC, Graduate Student

#55: Measuring Channel Patterns and Geometry in a Model Floodplain, Brandon Fryson, UofSC, Undergraduate Student

#56Response of “Sticky” Block Polymers Towards Nanoparticles, Taylor Larison, UofSC, Graduate Student

#57: X-ray luminescence nanoparticles for non-invasive, in vivo optogenetic neuron simulation studies, Meenakshi Ranasinghe, Clemson, Graduate Student

#58: Genetic Variations Affecting the Unfolded Protein Response in Outbred Deer Mice, Matthew Lucius, UofSC, Graduate Student

#59: Digital Transformation Development – Water Desalination System, Jalen Williams, Midlands Tech, Undergraduate Student 

#67: Improvements of Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene and Pet Composite Matrix, Erik Sanchez Antonio, Clemson, Graduate Student

Focus On

Educational Opportunities
Undergrad and Grad Students, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer and Winter/Spring Break plans. NSF has various research opportunities available for you including:

NSF Summer Scholars Program: undergrad and grad internships at NSF. 

REU Sites: Sites receive funding from NSF to engage undergrad students in research. 

REU SupplementsInvestigators currently receiving funding from NSF for awards can apply. 

Here is a collection of special programs that provide funding for students. 

Pathways: internships and fellowships at Federal agencies. 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in US Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.

Current sponsoring agencies include: DOE, the Library of Congress (LOC), NASA, NSF, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWC Carderock). The DOE sponsors up to five placements in congressional offices.

App due Thurs, Nov 14, 8 pm EST

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
SC Space Grant Consortium (NASA EPSCoR):
• Palmetto Academy FACULTY Applications due by 5 pm, Dec 6

STUDENTS – Due 5 pm, Jan 31
• Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)
• Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship
• Undergrad Student Research Award
• Minorities in STEM Research Award Program
• STEM Outreach Award Application
Technical College Research Award
• Palmetto Academy STUDENT Applications

Questions regarding these opportunities should be directed to: Tara Scozzaro, SC Space Grant and SC NASA EPSCoR Program Manager, (843) 953-5463, Email
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, TODAY, 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

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. Applications are due Nov 14, 5 pm EST.

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 Undergrad Institution. Collaborative (team) awards are encouraged and are eligible in each category. Due Dec 3. Learn more

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) now accepting abstracts for NCUR 2020 to be held Mar 26-28 at Montana State Univ. Abstracts due by Dec 6, 11:59 pm MST. 

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues 2020: Getting on the Right Path: Networks, Relationships, and Uncovering Grant Opportunities, Feb 13-16, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA. Early-bird registration ends Dec 12.

OCT 27-30: SC EPSCoR Program Office will be closed as we attend the 26th National NSF EPSCoR Conference
OCT 31:
NSF Comp & Data-Enabled Sci & Eng (CDS&E). Areas due: Adv Cyberinfrastructure; Chem Measure & Imaging; and Elec, Comm & Cyber Syst

NSF Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS)

NSF Chem: Disciplinary Research Progs (CHE-DRP)
NOV 1:
NSF Compl & Data-Enabled Sci and Eng (CDS&E). Astro Sci - Adv Tech & Instrument

NSF Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
NOV 3, 2 am: Daylight Saving Time ends
More opportunities available on our online calendar

Funding Opps: 
• SC EPSCoR  (1 open –  Phase-0)
• DOE  
• NIH 
• More can be found on our Calendar!

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

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