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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 1, 2021

Special Feature: New Distinguished Honors and Awards website available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a new web resource to help University of South Carolina faculty identify and apply for external honors and awards. We have published a new website called Distinguished Honors and Awards, where faculty can find information on more than 1,100 academic honors and awards classified as Prestigious or Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC). The awards included in these NRC classifications are considered by the Association of American Universities (AAU) in the decision-making process for admitting new universities to the organization. NRC Prestigious and Highly Prestigious awards are bestowed by peers and associations in recognition of academic and scholarly excellence at the highest levels.

In addition to publishing the list of NRC-classified Prestigious and Highly Prestigious award opportunities, the Distinguished Honors and Awards website also includes a listing of UofSC faculty members who are current recipients of such awards. When UofSC faculty members receive these awards, it honors their outstanding achievements as individuals, and likely makes them eligible to nominate their colleagues for these awards. So, faculty members can use this information as a resource to find colleagues who can nominate them when pursuing a Prestigious or Highly Prestigious award.

In this way, our goal for the Distinguished Honors and Awards website is to serve as an informational hub to help faculty members and units to identify honors they might be eligible to receive and find colleagues who can help with nominations. By increasing the number of Prestigious and Highly Prestigious awards to UofSC faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Research aims to raise the profile of the UofSC research community, creating a virtuous cycle of excellence and acclaim.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about the Distinguished Honors and Awards website, please contact us. We welcome your input as we work to make this new web resource as useful and effective as possible.


NIH reports on results of their 2020 COVID-19 impacts survey of the extramural scientific workforce

In October 2020, we shared information on a pair of National Institutes of Health (NIH) surveys—one assessing the perspective of individual research administration leaders at extramural institutions and the other to assess the perspective of the researchers themselves. The NIH recently published the results of this survey, which found that impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were felt differently by different groups of researchers. Read more about the survey results and NIH plans to focus on evidence-based actions to foster inclusive excellence within the scientific workforce, to better support the health of our entire population.


House Science Committee members introduce NSF for the Future Act

Bipartisan members of the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new bill called the National Science Foundation for the Future Act earlier this month. If signed into law, this bill would more than double the NSF’s overall budget from the current $8.5 billion to $18.3 billion in 2026. In addition to growing the agency’s existing seven research and education directorates, the bill would create an eighth, called Science and Engineering Solutions (SES). Its budget would start at $1 billion in 2022 and grow to $5 billion by 2026. Read more about the NSF for the Future Act in Science magazine.


1 April 2021

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