November 15, 2018
The Department of Energy has recently released a new DOE EPSCoR Solicitation for Implementation Grants.

They expect to fund up to 10 awards with the typical award size of $2,000,000 to 3,000,000 for two years. 

Only selected pre-applications will be able to submit a full proposal. The FOA contains a listing of areas of either specific interest or disinterest. Please review this list carefully when considering preparation of a potential application. 
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Applications must reference South Carolina's Science and Technology Plan, Vision 2025, and our strategy to develop and utilize the scientific and technical resources. Applications must place the research in context of this Plan. 

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 / 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 which have 41 subtopics and there are 3 Technology Transfer Opportunity (TTO) subtopics. Additional info on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available HERE
Congratulations to Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti who has been named a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Nagarkatti is one of only 228 current Academy of Toxicological Sciences fellows, who are selected for their exemplary record of professional accomplishment and extensive evidence of recognition by peers of competency and sound scientific judgment in toxicology. In addition to being the Lead PI for the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 award, MADE in SC, he is also a member of the SC EPSCoR State Committee and the SC EPSCoR State Director.
The next opportunity to hear a presentation by a MADE in SC speaker will be on

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 pm
Science on Tap – Greenville, SC

Dr. Timothy Hanks
Thrust 3 (Biomaterials) co-leader
“Building Soft Nanomachines from Polydiacetylene Liposomes” 

Dr. 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.

NSF has launched a cash prize competition, totaling $100,000, called the NSF Career Compass Challenge. Entries are being accepted now.

NSF is looking to spark the thinking of the best and brightest to co-create a tool that can be tested on a small scale, for NSF, but is intended to be useful to a broad range of employers in both the public and private sectors. Join this opportunity for the general public, research communities, private sector and other interested stakeholders to assist with creating a solution that will invest in the future of the U.S. workforce! Learn more >>

Understanding the Rules of Life” is one of NSF’s Big Ideas. According to NSF, “The predictive capability of the Rules of Life explored by such projects will enable us to address some of the greatest challenges we currently face in understanding the living world.” Currently, NSF has two open solicitations for this Big Idea.

It is rare that we are able to present a similar opportunity from the USDA. This solicitation, “Comparative Genomics Research Program,” is offered in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. You can submit to either organization. USDA has a slightly different focus than NIH (PAR-17-482) and NIH does require a Letter of Intent 30 days prior to submission.
NSF 18-599
Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell
Generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes.

Preliminary proposal due to NSF by Dec 28, 5 pm
NSF 18-600
Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics
Use complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems.

Due to NSF by Feb 1, 5 pm
NIH PAR-17-482
Comparative Genomics Research Program
USDA focus: Advance ability to improve genome annotations that complement efforts or understand basic biological processes related to health and disease of agriculturally important animals.

Letter of Intent due to NIH by Jan 5, 5 pm

Focus On...

Vision 2025: Life Science and Agriculture
Our Science and Technology Plan, Vision 2025, recognizes the importance of life sciences and agriculture to developing a highly skilled workforce and its relationship to our state’s economic prosperity. To help meet the mission and recommendations of Vision 2025, SC EPSCoR will emphasize and promote funding opportunities (such as the USDA and NSF opportunities listed above) as they become available and are appropriate for researchers in our state.

In addition to NSF, DOE, DOD, NIH and NASA EPSCoR Programs, South Carolina is also a qualifying state for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement & EPSCoR Program. We continually post a link to the general USDA grants site in each newsletter (see below). Several SC faculty members have active USDA awards and we hope others will take advantage of their available programs and solicitations. Learn more about USDA FASE & EPSCoR >>

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 NEXT Mon, Nov 26 TO NSF. Institution proposal development funds due to SC EPSCoR by Tues, Nov 27, 5 pm, EST.
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 >>
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).
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 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.
The SC EPSCoR Office will be closed Thurs-Fri, Nov 22-23.
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

Want to be a speakers in Charleston, Greenville, Pendleton, Columbia, etc.? Contact Cyndy!

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