November 19, 2020
Phase-0 Funding Now Available
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 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 Thursday, January 21, 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.

MADE in SC Focus On:
Dr. John Wheeler
Associate Provost for Integrative Science and Professor of Chemistry at
 Furman University

Dr. John Wheeler, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Provost for Integrative Science at Furman University, is a MADE in SC Co-PI, Furman University Institutional Director, and the Director of Workforce Development.  Since 2008, Dr. Wheeler has served as the Inaugural Director of Furman’s Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences, and is a former recipient (2015) of the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution. He served as Interim Director for the SC EPSCoR State Office from September 2015 - December 2016, and has served on the State EPSCoR Committee since 2013.

The Workforce Development Plan of MADE in SC engages a diverse group of South Carolina institutions that bring complementary approaches and expertise to the project through strategic faculty hiring, student training, and development program across the broad spectrum of the MADE in SC institutions. To satisfy the growing need for a qualified, well-trained materials workforce into the next decades and improve STEM career preparation for SC students from all backgrounds, MADE in SC makes significant contributions by adding new curricula extending from high school to graduate programs, coupled with high capacity research and training opportunities that emphasize diversity. The initiative will further impact the vocational/manufacturing community through the training devices developed at Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT), a subsidiary of FDTC. Click here to read more about Dr. Wheeler.

Next Track-1 State Proposal Competition Update
The South Carolina State Committee has initiated the process for the selection of the next NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 project. The Committee is in the process of completing The Call for Letters of Intent and Pre-proposals. The solicitation will be released soon! Stay tuned.

2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science. The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science honors specifically an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition and promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina. Candidates must currently be working in South Carolina or must have conducted a substantial portion of their work within the State.

Since 2010 four awards have been given annually:

  • Excellence in Scientific Research (ESR)
  • Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research (YESR)
  • Excellence in Scientific Awareness (ESA)
  • Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution (PUI)
The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting documentation is December 8, 2020. For more information or questions, contact Dr. William Pirkle or Dr. Donald Jordan


Check the SC NASA EPSCoR website for news and opportunities. Questions? Contact Tara Scozzaro, SC Space Grant and SC NASA EPSCoR Program Manager, (843) 953-5463, Email

Program Development Grants Questions? Contact Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2083, Email

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

January 21, 2021

SC EPSCoR Phase-0 Program
Funding Opps: 

• SC EPSCoR (1)
• NIH 

Question? Input? Contact email SC EPSCoR.