November 21, 2019

Thank you for making the 2019 SC EPSCoR State Conference in Greenville a great success! Conference planning has commenced for the 2020 SC EPSCoR State Conference to be held on Friday, April 3 in Columbia.
The conference is open to the broader research community and will serve as an opportunity to share and learn about South Carolina’s outstanding STEM research including MADE in SC and other SC EPSCoR programs, professional development, etc. We will continue to make the State Conference a place to network and expand your research collaborations.
We will be engaging you throughout the conference planning process with a Call for Oral and Poster presentations, exhibiting opportunities, etc. If you have any suggestions or would like to organize a session at the conference, we want to hear from you! 

More details about conference programming – including a new student track and logistics – will be coming in our newsletter, social media, and website. Stay tuned! 

Conference Contact: April Heyward, SC EPSCoR Program Manager

Now seeking applicants for Fall 2020 Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship Program (B2D). Twelve minority students will receive funding to participate in STEM-based doctoral degree programs at the University of South Carolina as part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students will be connected with research advisors among 16 graduate programs within the College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

B2D includes a fellowship stipend (first two years) at $34,000; tuition and fees at $12,000; a learning community focused on degree attainment, mentoring, and workshops; and professional development support. 

  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Permanent Resident
  • Must apply and be admitted into the UofSC Graduate School
  • Must have a Bachelors or Masters degree earned in 1991 or later
  • Must have been involved with, or participated in a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program
In addition to the Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship Program (above), NSF offers other funding for educational programs. Below is just a few of the funding mechanisms with upcoming due dates:
NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Under-represented Discoverers in Eng & Sci (NSF INCLUDES) Planning Grants: Due Dec 3
Improving Undergrad STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR): Various deadlines beginning Dec 4
Centers of Research Excellence in Sci & Tech (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Sci & Eng (HBCU-RISE): LOI due Dec 6
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program: LOI due by Dec 6
Alliances for Grad Education and the Professoriate (AGEP): Due Dec 13
Research Coordination Networks in Undergrad Biology Education (RCN-UBE): Due Jan 21
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation: Due Jan 31
IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED): Due Feb 7
Science of Science - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SOS DDRIG): Due Feb 10
NSF Scholarships in STEM Program (S-STEM): Due March 25

Focus On

Research Presentations

In the past few months, MADE in SC and SC EPSCoR have been represented at several local, national and international events.
In October, Dr. Jessica Larsen, Clemson University, spoke to Winthrop University chemistry and biochemistry students on “Engineering biologically relevant drug delivery systems for neurologic disease.” Larsen was a Year 1 hire of the MADE in SC project. Winthrop is one of the ten universities and colleges who collaborated on writing the MADE in SC grant. 
In October, Dr. Larsen and members of her lab attended the national meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society. One of her students, Sara Smith, presented a poster, “Correlation of Autophagic Failure and Disease Progression in a Cellular Model of GM1 Gangliosidosis,” whose research was funded in part by Larsen’s MADE in SC GEAR Program award.
Skylar Lambert, Furman University, won the undergraduate presentation award at the 2019 International Behavioral Neuroscience Society in Cairns, Australia. Lambert presented “Establishing an In-Utero Valproic Acid Model of Autism and Evaluating a Mitochondrial Metabolic Intervention.” Her research was partially funded by Dr. Jeff Twiss’s Stimulus Research Program grant of which Dr. Linnea Freeman (Lambert’s mentor) is a  member. 
Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant, Clemson University and MADE in SC Year 1 hire, served as Vice Chair of Engineering, Physics and Math at ABRCMS 2019. ABRCMS 2019 was held November 13-16.

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

NSF EPSCoR has 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

SC institutions are encouraged to conduct an internal selection process to identify the most competitive research idea from their faculty. 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
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

Four-Year Institution Teacher of the Year Award is intended to honor examples of outstanding undergrad teaching at institutions of higher education in South Carolina. $250 award, a plaque, and recognition at the SCAS Annual Meeting. Open to full time instructors teaching a minimum of two courses (six contact hours)/semester and a minimum of three years at a their current institution. Only those teaching at SC institutions are eligible. Online nomination form and details. Due Feb 1.

Judge for 2020 SCAS/SCJAS Meeting93rd Annual Meeting of the SCAS (SC Academy of Science) and SCJAS (SC Junior Academy of Science) will be held at Furman University in Greenville, SC on Sat, March 28. Need ~40 judges to review written papers and ~60 judges to review oral and poster research presentations.
SC Space Grant Consortium (NASA EPSCoR):
Palmetto Academy FACULTY Apps 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
Omnibus Proposal Grants
Program Development Grants

Questions? Contact Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2078, Email

Innovation grant opportunity for human healthcare: Ideas to Products (I2). 4-7 grants ranging from $25K to $40K each for product development projects of 6- to 12-months in duration. LOI due Nov 22.
Nat’l Conferences on Undergrad Research now accepting abstracts for NCUR 2020 to be held Mar 26-28 at Montana State U. 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.

NOV 28-29: SC EPSCoR Program Office closed for Thanksgiving
DEC 3: SCAS Nominations for Governor’s award (see above)
DEC 5: NSF Computational and Data-Enabled Sci & Eng  (CDS&E) – Physics
More available on our online calendar

Funding Opps: 
• SC EPSCoR  (1 open – 
NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations)
• 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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