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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, February 18, 2021

Get involved with Discover UofSC 2021

Discover UofSC 2021 organizers have posted exciting new details to help prospective participants learn more and plan for the virtual event, coming up on Friday, April 23, 2021. Organizers will offer two webinars on the iPosterSessions platform to help presenters and outreach exhibitors get a feel for the system and how they can best use it to present information on their projects and organizations. Webinars will be offered from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 31. Organizers have also provided new timeline details so presenters, outreach exhibitors and reviewers know what next steps are coming up and when they can expect them to occur. Read more about the timeline and webinars, and register for the iPosterSessions webinars here.


NSF has issued a new Future Manufacturing program solicitation for 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently issued the 2021 Future Manufacturing program solicitation (NSF 21-564), and is hosting a webinar to introduce and answer questions related to the solicitation on Friday, February 26, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. During the webinar, program directors will discuss the research thrusts, types of proposals, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria specific to this solicitation, as well as the differences from the inaugural solicitation last year. Registration is required to attend the webinar. For Fiscal Year 2021, the NSF seeks proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers to address challenges in three thrust areas: Cyber Manufacturing, Eco Manufacturing, and Biomanufacturing. Full proposals are due May 14, 2021. No Letters of Intent are required this year.

Interested researchers can find a description of the opportunity and a link to the details on the solicitation's web page, and the full details, requirements and review criteria can be found in the solicitation itself. The NSF has also posted an overview of the Future Manufacturing awards made in 2020. If you have questions after reading this material, please submit them to


Support is available for UofSC faculty and staff

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark, many people are feeling the impacts in a variety of ways. The university offers support to help faculty and staff deal with practical difficulties and enhance their mental and physical well-being.

  • Wellness support through Student Health Services: Faculty and staff can take advantage of some programs offered through the State Health Plan and the Gamecocks LiveWell program, which offers wellness coaching, workplace and drop-in screenings, workshops and more.
  • Employee Assistance Program: The EAP, developed as a way for the university to support employees through times of need, can help with all kinds of life situations such as family difficulties, stress, depression, work-related concerns and more.


18 February 2021

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