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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 24, 2020

UofSC faculty achieve new funding record

For the sixth time in as many years, the outstanding faculty of the University of South Carolina have set a record, garnering $279.5 million in external research and sponsored awards funding in fiscal year 2020. University of South Carolina Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti celebrated the 2020 funding success, saying, “In a year that has brought so much disruption into our lives, it is amazing to see our outstanding faculty achieve new milestones and push our research enterprise to new and impressive heights of success.” Read more about 2020 research and sponsored awards.


Graduate students and postdocs: Register for Grant Basics workshop

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to offer a basic grant-writing workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In Grant Basics: Strategies for Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal, attendees will learn to identify appropriate research topics, find funding opportunities, understand the characteristics of competitive grant proposals, avoid common mistakes and get an overview of the proposal review process. The workshop and a Q&A session will be presented online via Microsoft Teams on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Learn more about the workshop.


Reminder: Office of Research now accepting 2021 Breakthrough award nominations

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominations for three Breakthrough signature awards: Breakthrough Leadership in Research for senior faculty, Breakthrough Stars for early-career faculty and Breakthrough Graduate Scholars for outstanding graduate students. Each of these awards has been carefully designed to recognize and honor scholarly excellence throughout the Carolina research community, providing opportunities for recognition at every career level. All 2020 Breakthrough award nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. Get complete nomination details.


NSF to transition preparation and submission of all proposals to

Over the past few years, NSF has partnered with and received valuable input from the research community, resulting in the development of a modern, flexible system that reduces administrative burden to meet the current and future needs of researchers, administrators and organizations. As a result, NSF has successfully migrated many important research functions from its aging FastLane tool to NSF is now taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to with a tentative target date for completion by 2022. In the coming weeks and months, NSF will begin making changes to specific funding opportunities to require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. To ensure that researchers and administrators are prepared for these changes, NSF is developing additional training materials to meet the needs of the community. This includes video tutorials, frequently asked questions, step-by-step guides and a demonstration site. For more on this transition and to access training materials visit the NSF website.


24 September 2020

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