December 11, 2018
2018 was a very busy year for all of those involved with SC EPSCoR and/or the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 MADE in SC award. Here is a quick list with brief description of all of the things we accomplished this year:

  • Funded 4 Stimulus Research Program (SRP) Awards
  • Hosted our largest to-date Annual State Conference
  • Expanded our Portal to better serve you in application submissions and MADE in SC project reporting
  • Updated and improved our Website - adding many more features and pages based on your feedback and needs
  • With SC INBRE, co-hosted Annual Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop - grant writing and skills for faculty and students
  • Annual visit to Capitol Hill to visit the SC Congressional Delegation offices
  • Our program office attended the National EPSCoR Program Officers Meeting in Charleston, WV

More funding from federal EPSCoR agencies

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

NEW NSF/REU Undergrad Research Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Rising sophomore, junior and senior undergrads from all US colleges/universities are invited to apply for this 10-week NSF/REU summer research program. Fellowships begin May 28 and end August 2. $500/week stipend, housing, meals, and travel expenses are provided. Ten students will be recruited for this program; two applicants will be selected for travel to India for research at The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Application due Feb 15, 11:59 pm EST.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

NSF 18-600: Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics. How epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Due to NSF by Feb 1, 5 pm.
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.
NSF CBMS Regional Research Conf in the Math 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. 

April 2019: SC EPSCoR/MADE in SC Annual State Conference. Details to come!
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• Student Research Interests
 Database (students)
Funding Opportunities: 
• SC EPSCoR                • DOE

• NASA                           • NIH
• NSF                              • USDA
• More on our Calendar!

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