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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, December 10, 2020

Racial Justice research funding announced

The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to join the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in congratulating the second round of 2020 funding recipients from the Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund. This funding, provided through the ASPIRE program, will support 12 research projects involving 25 faculty members as principal and co-principal investigators. Projects range from an investigation of racial disparities in COVID-19 health care to development of a new civil rights history podcast. Read more.


SmartState ACORN Center seeking small grant proposals for pilot studies

The SmartState Center for Advancing Chronic Care Outcomes through Research and iNnovation (ACORN) is seeking proposals for pilot and feasibility studies. The primary goal of this pilot and feasibility project program is to promote interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research to generate preliminary data that will support external grants for meritorious research aimed at improving health outcomes for people with chronic conditions. Proposals must include at least one College of Nursing ACORN Center Core faculty member. Innovative interdisciplinary research that addresses health disparities in South Carolina is particularly encouraged. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021. Complete details are available in the Request for Proposals (PDF).


Two ASPIRE I Q&A sessions offered next week

The application period for 2021 ASPIRE proposals is now open. 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. On Tuesday, December 15, there will be a Q&A session focusing on ASPIRE I Track 2B for postdoctoral scholars at 2:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, December 16, there will be a general ASPIRE I Q&A session at 2:00 p.m. Complete application materials, ASPIRE I Q&A session details and registration are available on the ASPIRE program webpage. We will announce ASPIRE II and III Q&A sessions in the coming weeks.


November 2020 awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the November 2020 monthly awards report listing new sponsored awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


Register for a BDHSC seminar on using social media and electronic health data to address behavioral health research questions

The UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) will offer a free virtual seminar on using on investigating behavioral health research questions using social media text (Twitter, Reddit) and electronic health record data, concentrating on broad areas of depression and substance abuse. University of Utah professor and session presenter, Dr. Mike Conway, will also focus on the ethical issues that arise when utilizing social media for behavioral health research. Registration is now open for the seminar, which will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday, December 16, at 11:00 a.m.


10 December 2020

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