December 5, 2018
Junior faculty throughout SC have been very successful in receiving the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards are made to junior faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. The CAREER program allows promising junior faculty to pursue cutting-edge research while simultaneously advancing excellence in education.

In 2018, 11 CAREER awards were made to faculty in South Carolina, with one additional starting in 2019. The next deadlines for applications will be July 17-19 (depending on discipline).

• Joshua Bostwick, Clemson 
• Leah Casablanca, Clemson
• Ethan Kung, Clemson
• Suyi Li, Clemson 
• Xian Lu, Clemson
• Sara Riggs, Clemson
• Morgan Stefik, USC – MADE in SC
  Thrust 2 (Polymeric Materials) faculty
• Hugo Sanabria, Clemson
• Paula Vasquez, USC 
• Enrica Viparelli, USC 
• Yonghong Yan, USC 

• Eric Davis, Clemson, also a SC EPSCoR 
  SAN Award recipient

DOE SBIR / STTR: Will fund >100 new projects, totaling ~ $20M in 12 topics
LOI due to DOE by Dec 17, 5 pm EST.
Learn more

DOE Scholars Program: Stipends start at $600/week for undergrads ($650/ week for grads / post grads), limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location, plus many other benefits. Apply to DOE by 
Dec 17, 5 pm. Learn more

DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grants: Up to 10 awards of $2M to $3M for two years. Only selected pre-apps will be able to submit a full proposal. Must reference SC's S&T Plan, Vision 2025 and place research in context of this Plan. Pre-app due to DOE by Dec 20, 5 pm ESTLearn more

NSF 18-599: Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic CellProjects aimed at designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. Preliminary proposal due to NSF by Dec 28, 5 pm.

USDA with NIH (NIH PAR-17-482):
Comparative Genomics Research ProgramUSDA focus: Understand basic biological processes related to health and disease of agriculturally important animals. LOI due to NIH by Jan 5, 5 pm.
NSF 18-600: Understanding the Rules of Life: EpigeneticsHow epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Due to NSF by Feb 1, 5 pm.

NEW – DOE Computational Material Sciences: Aim is to produce widely applicable, validated community codes and the associated databases for the design of functional materials. Up to 8 awards are anticipated, with a mix of single PI/small group and larger team awards (collaborative applications will not be accepted under this FOA). 
Individual/Small Group Awards: $200K to $750K per year for four years. Large Team Awards: $750K to $2M per year for four years. Pre-Proposal Due to DOE by Dec 21, 12 noon EST.

NEW – NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1: “Implementation” and “Design” – which may comprise any combination of equipment, infrastructure, computational hardware and software, and necessary commissioning. Design includes planning (preliminary and final design) of research infrastructure. Implementation projects may have a total project cost ranging from $6M up to below $20M, supporting new or upgraded research infrastructure. Only Design projects may request less than $6M. Preliminary Proposal Due Feb 19, 5 pm.

Dr. Timothy HanksThrust 3 (Biomaterials) co-leader, spoke at Science on Tap on Tuesday, November 27. The title of his talk was, “Building Soft Nanomachines from Polydiacetylene Liposomes.” Hanks spoke to an almost at-capacity crowd at Coffee Underground in Greenville. 

The next opportunity to hear a MADE in SC speaker will be in February when Dr. Kostya Kornev (Thrust 3 – Biomaterials) will be speaking at Science on Tap-Greenville.

Focus On...

SAN Recipients at ABRCMS 2018
Several faculty funded by our Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program recently attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis. During the four-day conference, over 2,000 students from over 350 colleges and universities participated in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergrad and post-baccalaureate student presentations were judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline were given an award during the closing banquet. 

“I was so pleased to be able to attend ABRCMS again this year,” said Dr. Cynthia Wright from the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC. “The SAN award allowed me to bring two undergraduate students and one MUSC graduate student to the conference. The opportunities for them to present their work, network with other students and faculty from other institutions, and attend professional development workshops are invaluable for their growth as biomedical scientists.”

SAN Program awards at ABRCMS included: 
  • Claflin University, Dr. Angela Peters (PI), Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program (BR-SIP)
  • Clemson University, Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant, Targeted Recruitment of Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students in Bioengineering
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Cynthia Wright, ABRCMS Student Travel and Registration Costs
Faculty and students from Claflin University
Claflin poster presentation winners: 
Charmaine Lindsay and Brandon Sanders – both are Biology majors
Clemson University information booth at ABRCMS. Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant
(SAN recipient), Katie Elliott, Maria Torres, Dr. Jordon Gilmore and Craig Miller.
Attendees from MUSC. Students supported by SAN were Jasmyn Hardin (undergrad, Dominican Univ, Illinois), Titilope (Titi) Akinwe (undergrad, Georgia State Univ), and Janiece Glover (grad student, MS in Biomedical Sciences, MUSC, at right in bottom photo with Ericka Lugo, recruitment and admissions specialist for MUSC College of Graduate Studies)
Titi Akinwe giving a talk

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

Call for Papers. Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, Thin Films, and Devices XVI (OP112), August 11-15, San Diego. Abstracts due Jan 30. Learn more/submit 

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR and the Nat’l Alliance for Broader Impacts webinar: Diversity & Broadening Participation, Dec 6, 11 am to 12 pm CST. Learn more and register

NSF Centers of Research Excellence in Sci & Tech (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Sci & Eng (HBCU-RISE)CREST provides support to enhance research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. Full proposal due Dec 7RISE awards support development of research capability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering. HBCU-RISE LOI due Dec 7.

NSF Career Compass Challenge: Cash prize competition, totaling $100,000. 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. Deadline Dec 31, 11:59 pm EST.

NSF - CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences: These are a series of five-day conferences that usually feature a distinguished lecturer delivering ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference. Full Proposal due April 26, 5 pm.
Save the dates:
Feb 26Science on Tap, Greenville. Speaker: Kostya Kornev, Thrust 3-Biomaterials. We need 
 to place at venues throughout the state. Please contact Cyndy if you are willing to give a talk (we especially need MADE in SC presenters)!

April 2019: SC EPSCoR/ MADE in SC Annual State Conference. Details to come!

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