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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, July 30, 2020

UofSC leadership to host virtual town hall for employees tomorrow at noon

UofSC leadership will host a virtual town hall meeting for faculty and staff on Friday, July 31 at noon. The link to the town hall session will be posted at the top of the official UofSC Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website home page as soon as possible. Faculty and staff may view and participate in the town hall on the web or via Microsoft Teams. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website home page has also been updated to include new testing information and a recording of this week’s virtual town hall for students and families in the grey box near the top of the page.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeking applications

The National Science Foundation recently released a call for applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which provides three years of support for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, the program expects to award 1,600 fellowships to graduate students and senior undergraduate students who will soon complete bachelor’s degrees and begin graduate work. Application deadlines are in October 2020, and vary by subject area. Visit the NSF website for complete details.


Bipartisan RISE Act gains hundreds of organizational endorsements

In June, a bipartisan group of federal representatives introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy, or RISE Act. If signed into law, this legislation would provide about $26 billion in emergency relief for federal science agencies to award to research universities, independent institutions and national laboratories to continue working on federally funded research projects. In recent weeks, the RISE Act has gained more than 300 organizational endorsements (pdf) from the Association of American Universities and many individual universities, research organizations, scientific societies, higher education associations, business organizations and trade groups. Read more about the RISE Act, including the full text (pdf), on the website of Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado, who introduced the bill.


NIH offers new online training module for researchers proposing research with vertebrate animals

Researchers preparing NIH funding applications that propose research with vertebrate animals are encouraged to complete a new online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section of the NIH grant application. This interactive module will assist applicants in preparing this section of the application and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals. Visit the NIH website for complete information and to access the training module.


Association of American Medical Colleges shares experiences of biomedical researchers returning to the lab

Researchers at universities and colleges across the country are returning to laboratories and other research settings with new safety precautions in place to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently spoke with several biomedical researchers about how their institutions are balancing the need to resume research with the imperative to protect faculty and staff members working in research settings. Read about these researchers’ experiences on the AAMC website.



30 July 2020

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