December 20, 2019

REMINDER – Mark your calendar!
2020 SC EPSCoR State Conference

The 2020 SC EPSCoR State Conference will be held on Friday, April 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia.

Program Highlights

  • Sessions on MADE in SC, Energy, Environment, Bioengineering, and other timely topics
  • A Student Professional Development Program
  • A Poster Session
  • Exhibiting opportunity for Graduate STEM programs at South Carolina universities to recruit students.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, January 10: Deadline for submitting Session Proposals
  • Monday, February 17: Deadline to submit Poster Abstracts
  • Monday, March 2: Notification of authors

More details in January!

Conference Contact: April Heyward, SC EPSCoR Program Manager

2020 Conference Call for...

Poster Presentations 
Presentations will build on the theme of promoting collaboration SC’s colleges and universities. Poster abstracts may be submitted by undergrad and grad students, postdocs, and faculty and should address research topics related to topics listed above. Learn more
Sessions Proposals 
The Conference will have parallel sessions to encourage collaboration within South Carolina on a broader list of topics. Proposals for two additional Conference Sessions are solicited on any of the Vision 2025 and the NSF Big Ideas or topics of national importance. Learn more
DOE’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships advance human understanding of the physical world by supporting fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE national laboratories.

Participation by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows is required. Junior faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE user facilities is encouraged. Applicants are advised of the following areas of additional interest: Quantum Information Science, Microelectronics, Data Science/Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Energy Storage, and Plastics Recycling.
Applications are limited
to those within EPSCoR jurisdictions 

Limitation of three pre-applications per institution.
Pre-apps due: Jan 16,
5 pm ET
App due: March 27, 5 pm ET
Funding: up to $750,000
for project periods of two
to three years 
The DoD Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office announce the official opening of the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP), the new website for DoD SBIR/STTR Proposal Submissions. DSIP is now LIVE and accepting Phase II Proposal Submissions.

The DoD SBIR/STTR Submissions Website is slowly being replaced with the new DSIP. SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS), Topic Search, and BAA Instructions will remain on the legacy website until further notice.

Follow DSIP on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and information. If you have any questions on this transition, contact the new DSIP Help Desk Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm ET at (703) 214-1333 or email

Cyndy Buckhaults, Communications Manager, to leave SC EPSCoR. Cyndy served SC EPSCoR on a part-time, temporary role for three years and now she’s leaving to assume the role of full-time Communications Manager for the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). We thank Cyndy for her efforts to provide timely and accurate communications for the SC EPSCoR Program and wish her well in her new position.

The SC EPSCoR Program Office will be closed for the holidays Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1.

Please direct your communications-related questions to SC EPSCoR Program Director, Dr. Aziz.

Great News from DC

Most US research agencies have received healthy increases for 2020 in the new spending bill. In almost every case involving science, Congress agreed to give the agency an absolute increase.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive a 7% boost, or $2.6 billion more, to $41.7 billion. The National Science Foundation (NSF) was given an additional $203 million, a 2.5% increase that lifts its budget to $8.28 billion. The budget of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science will grow by $415 million, or 6.3%, to exactly $7 billion, and space science at NASA will rise by 3.4%, or $233 million, to $7.14 billion.

Regarding NSF, the final research budget, by far the biggest piece, would grow by 3.4% to $6.74 billion. Its education directorate would grow at a similar rate, to $947 million. And the agency’s program to help more than two dozen states (NSF EPSCoR) would climb by nearly 10%, to $190 million.

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The South Carolina Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program enables teachers to engage in a six-week immersive research experience at an institution in their local area. RET represents a full-time commitment (35-40 hours/week) and provides financial support ($3,000 each) to participants, as well as a supplies budget (up to $500) to translate summer experiences into deliverables during the participant’s academic year instruction. The Program is currently seeking faculty to mentor a teacher(s) from their local area during Summer 2020. For additional information or for any questions, please contact RET Coordinator Dr. John Kaup by email or call (864) 294-3773.
Call for Nominations: 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.
SC Space Grant Consortium (NASA EPSCoR): FUNDING FOR 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? Contact 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
Registration now open for SC INBRE Science Symposium, Sat, Jan 25, UofSC Columbia. Event includes presentations by SC INBRE-funded faculty and students, core services exhibitors, networking opportunities, a bioinformatics afternoon workshop, “Basic Genomic Analysis in R” and an afternoon student workshop on how to prepare for an interview. Open to all. Register by Jan 15.

DEC 24-JAN 1: SC EPSCoR Program Office will be closed for Winter Break.
JAN 7: 
DOE Early Career Research Program

LOI: NSF Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams  (ASCENT)
JAN 8: 
LOI: NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NCS)

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
JAN 21: 
NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education
JAN 30: 
USDA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
More available on our online calendar

Funding Opps: 

• 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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Cyndy Buckhaults, Communications Manager

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