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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bipartisan legislation to support U.S. research during COVID-19 introduced in the House of Representatives

A bipartisan group of representatives yesterday introduced legislation that, if signed into law, would invest billions in funding for U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic. The Research Investment to Secure the Economy (RISE) Act authorizes approximately $26 billion in emergency relief for federal science agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and others, to award to research universities, independent institutions and national laboratories to continue working on federally funded research projects. Read more about the RISE Act, including the full text (pdf), on the website of Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado, who introduced the bill.


NSF CAREER Award proposal deadline extended until Tuesday, August 11

In consideration of the challenges facing many in our country, NSF is extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. In order to ensure timely proposal review and decision making, NSF strongly encourages submission of CAREER proposals on or before the original deadline of July 27, 2020. For additional details about eligibility, etc., visit the NSF CAREER web page.


COVID-19 testing available on campus for employees preparing to return to work

As return to work ramps up through the summer months and more employees return to campus, Student Health Services (SHS) is offering convenient, on-campus COVID-19 testing for UofSC employees. SHS tests are done by a self-collected nasal swab, which is less invasive than the typical nasopharyngeal swab. These tests are offered at no cost to students, faculty and staff, with charges for the test billed to the individual’s health insurance. If an employee does not have health insurance, they can still get tested at no cost by informing clinic check-in personnel that they are uninsured. Testing is strongly encouraged for all returning employees, and SHS is timing on-campus testing clinic dates to coincide with return-to-work phases. Visit the SHS website for more information, and to register for a testing appointment.


Find collaborators through the COVID-19 research expertise listing

Funding opportunities for research related to COVID-19 continue to grow as funding agencies and organizations seek to understand impacts of the novel coronavirus. Faculty members seeking collaborators for COVID-19 research projects are encouraged to check out the COVID-19 research expertise listing. The listing, compiled by the Office of the Vice President for Research, includes 49 faculty members with COVID-19-related expertise in areas from computer modeling to genomics to community health and more. Users can filter by keyword or name, or browse the listing, which includes a short paragraph on each researcher’s expertise and a link to their contact information. The page also features a link where faculty can submit their own information for inclusion in the listing.


UofSC offers remote learning opportunities for researchers and scholars in July

Researchers and scholars at the University of South Carolina in a wide variety of disciplines have several opportunities in July for remote learning offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and University Libraries.


25 June 2020

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