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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Office of Research seeks 2021 ASPIRE proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 funding cycle for ASPIRE, the internal grant program to advance research and scholarly activities for faculty and postdoctoral scholars across all UofSC campuses. ASPIRE I proposals are due on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and proposals for ASPIRE II and III are due on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Faculty and postdocs planning to submit ASPIRE proposals are encouraged to attend a virtual Q&A session to help them prepare the proposal package. Complete application materials, ASPIRE I Q&A session details and registration are available on the ASPIRE program webpage.


NSF to host webinar on new features

Researchers are invited to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This virtual session, entitled “ Proposal Preparation and Submission: Upcoming Features in, Implementation of Important Notice 147,” will include discussion of migrating proposal preparation from FastLane to, the new proposal preparation demonstration site SciENcv, and an overview of capabilities for preparing biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, PI transfers and new sign-in options for Attendees are encouraged to send questions ahead of the webinar to Visit the NSF website for more information and to register for this session.


Learn how to manage research using Scalar and data management plan tools

University Libraries is continuing its series of virtual workshops on electronic research tools in the coming weeks, offering sessions on Scalar and data management plan tools in the coming days.

  • Scalar Workshop, Tuesday, November 3, 12:00 p.m.: This session begins with an overview on creating plans for digital projects, identifying digital platforms and web hosting and discovering tools to bring research to life online. The second half of the session will focus on Scalar, an open-source authoring and publishing platform. Register now.
  • DMPTool Workshop, Monday, November 9, 1:00 p.m.: Through this session, attendees will learn to plan for effective research data management, get a feel for developing data management plans (DMPs), and receive an introduction to DMPTool, an online wizard for creating DMPs that meet specific funder requirements. Register now.


Large-scale study shows declines in women’s research productivity during COVID-19

A new large-scale study of more than 2,000 manuscript submissions to Elsevier journals during the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed what several smaller studies previously suggested: women in research and academia have experienced a decrease in scholarly productivity in recent months. This unfortunate, but important finding was recently published in SSRN, and featured in Inside Higher Ed.


29 October 2020

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