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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 8, 2021

March 2021 grant awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the March 2021 monthly awards report listing new grant awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


Congress seeks to expand the NSF and strengthen research funding

This month, the U.S. Senate is poised to consider legislation that would expand the National Science Foundation (NSF) and strengthen the U.S. science and technology research ecosystem. The heart of the legislation will be the Endless Frontier Act (EFA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill that was first introduced to the previous Congress in May 2020. With some modifications, this legislation could become a landmark achievement that bolsters U.S. competitiveness. Read more on the Science Magazine website.


NSF Director calls for more major investments in science and technology

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, a computer scientist and engineer, is calling for new investments in American scientific discovery. He writes, “We are on the precipice of revolutionary advances in science and engineering that will directly benefit the world. And now is the time for a new national commitment to invest in research that leads directly to major societal and economic outcomes. Such an effort will require strengthening our innovation networks at speed and scale.” Read more from Dr. Panchanathan in The Hill.


Science Magazine offers an overview of President Biden’s proposed $250 billion research investment

President Joe Biden proposes spending $250 billion on the U.S. research enterprise over the next several years as part of a plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, create jobs and out-innovate the rest of the world. Read about these new presidential proposals in Science Magazine.


Google Scholar keeping an eye on public-access papers

Google Scholar, the popular free search engine for scholarly literature, revealed an unexpected feature on 23 March: it is keeping track of whether research papers covered by funders’ public-access mandates are free to read. Find out how Google Scholar is working to ensure public-access papers are free in this interview with Google Scholar co-founder Anurag Acharya in Nature.


8 April 2021

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