November 8, 2018

MADE in SC | SC EPSCoR is pleased to announce the latest grant recipients of the Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program. SAN aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the pipeline of under-represented minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities pursuing and completing STEM degrees and provides three primary funding types: 1) engaging underrepresented students in MADE in SC research, 2) recruiting a diverse group of graduate students and 3) support of scientific conferences, symposia and meetings.

Eight awards with a maximum budget of $10,000 each have been made to investigators at four South Carolina universities:

Thomas Crawford (USC): How recording medium properties affect the self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles onto recorded nano-templates

Eric Davis (Clemson): Supporting Involvement of Underrepresented Minorities and Women in Research Related to Stimuli-Responsive Polymers

Julia Frugoli (Clemson): STEM-ALL IN Graduate Recruitment Support

Ming Hu (USC): Multi-Resolution Data Based AlphaGO for Thermal Materials Discovery
Michael Matthews (USC): Hosting a 2019 GRAD Lab with the National GEM Consortium for Recruitment of a Diverse Group of STEM Graduate Students

Angela Peters (Claflin University): Two awards – 2019 Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program for High School Students I and 2019 Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program for High School Students II

Titus Reaves (MUSC): Ernest Everett Just Symposium Supporting Diversity in Graduate Medical Education


The MADE in SC | SC EPSCoR Phase-0 Program encourages and supports South Carolina small businesses in their proposal development activities to compete effectively for Federal SBIR/STTR funding. Proposed activities should support the MADE in SC initiative and/or Vision 2025, the SC Science and Technology Plan. 

Eligibility for Phase-0 funds is limited to American-owned South Carolina-based for-profit small businesses. 

Awards are up to $6,000 for 12 months. Up to an additional $3,000 can be requested for an undergraduate student internship (Materials Science Projects only).

Make your SBIR/STTR proposal competitive with MADE in SC | SC EPSCoR’s Phase-0 Program. Deadline to apply is THIS Mon, Nov 12, 5 pm EST


DOE Scholars Program

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers stipends starting at $600/week for undergrads ($650/week for grads and post grads) during the internship period, limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location, direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas, , and many other benefits.

Apply by December 17, 5 pm. Learn more >>


DOE SBIR and STTR Programs

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced 12 topics to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million. Nine EERE technology offices will fund proposals under these topics — one for each technology office (Advanced Manufacturing, Bioenergy, Buildings, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Solar, Vehicles, Water, and Wind), with three joint office topics (Advanced Manufacturing with Fuel Cells, Advanced Manufacturing with Geothermal, and Advanced Manufacturing with Solar).  The 41 subtopics range from Algae Engineering to Wind Turbine Blade Recycling, and there are 3 Technology Transfer Opportunity (TTO) subtopics.

Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available HERE

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR and the National Alliance for Broader Impacts are hosting two webinars: Broader Impacts 101, Nov 26, 1 to 2 pm CST and Diversity & Broadening Participation, Dec 6, 11 am to 12 pm CST
Learn more and register >>
On October 16, Dr. Michael Yost, MADE in SC Thrust 3 (Interactive Biomaterials) co-leader, spoke at MUSC’s Science Café in Charleston, SC. His title was “3D Bioprinting – Are we ready for the Bionic Human?” He spoke to a near capacity crowd. His talk was part of MADE in SC’s plan to disseminate information to the public through venues such as Science Cafés and other events open to the public. (Click to view photos enlarged.)


The next opportunity to hear a presentation by a MADE in SC speaker will be on Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 pm, at Science on Tap – Greenville. Dr. Tim Hanks, Thrust 3 co-leader, will be giving a talk entitled: Building Soft Nanomachines from Polydiacetylene Liposomes
Hanks will explore the concept of a “machine” on the nanoscale and give a look at his recent work in designing such devices and putting them to work on real world problems.

Focus On...

Remember: When you are preparing to present a poster or presentation (or publishing a paper) for which you have received any funding from MADE in SC | SC EPSCoR, you must include an Acknowledgement Statement. Acknowledgement statements, logos and PowerPoint templates can be found on our website. If you have any questions about these, please contact us! Also, if you give a presentation or participate in poster sessions, send us photos!

And speaking of poster presentations... We had several MADE in SC-funded students present posters at the Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting, October 17-20 in Atlanta. Shown below are students mentored by Drs. Angela Alexander-Bryant (Thrust 3 – Interactive Biomaterials), Jessica Kelly Larsen (Thrust 2 – Stimuli Responsive Polymeric Materials and Thrust 3) and Michael Yost (Thrust 3).
Margaret Elpers (Alexander-Bryant)
Emily Miller (Alexander-Bryant)
Timmy Samec (Alexander-Bryant)
Sarah Smith (Larsen)
Sanket Pattanaik (Yost)
John Yost (Yost)

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR YOUR LOI! FY19 topic: “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.” Only one proposal (as Lead PI) per institution is allowed. NSF limits a researcher to be the PI or Co-PI on one Track-2 grant. Click here to find collaborators / to be found.

LOI due Mon, Nov 26 TO NSF. Institution proposal development funds due to SC EPSCoR by Tues, Nov 27, 5 pm, EST.
SC INBRE solicitations: Developmental Research Project (DRP) Program ($50,000 for 12 months) and Bioinformatics Pilot Project (BIPP) Program ($10,000 for 12 months). DRP is open to SC INBRE network and outreach institutions. BIPP is open to SC INBRE network and outreach institutions, affiliate members of SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) and student/faculty teams from any SC PUI. Due Mon, Dec 3.
NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. STEM Pathways and Research Alliances (due Nov 16) and New and Renewal LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning, Bridge to the Baccalaureate, STEM Pathways Implementation-Only (due Nov 16).
NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS): Supports collaborative activities that advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Due Nov 27.
NSF Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects: Supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists across a broad range of disciplines. Multiple deadlines: AMO; Gravitational; LIGO Research Support; Integrative Activities in Physics (due Nov 28); Nuclear; Elementary Particle; Particle Astrophysics  (Dec 4); Elementary Particle; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Info Sci (Dec 11).
NSF Centers of Research Excellence in Science & Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science & Engineering (HBCU-RISE)CREST provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. Full proposal due Dec 7RISE awards support the development of research capability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines. HBCU-RISE LOI due Dec 7.
Save the dates:
Nov 27, Science on Tap, Greenville. Speaker: Tim Hanks, Thrust 3-Biomaterials
Feb 26Science on Tap, Greenville. Speaker: Kostya Kornev, Thrust 3-Biomaterials

We are looking for faculty who would like to be speakers in Charleston, Greenville, Pendleton, Columbia, etc. We especially need MADE in SC researchers – contact Cyndy!

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