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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Join us tomorrow—virtually—for Discover UofSC

Discover UofSC 2021 organizers are excited to invite the entire UofSC community to our first-ever virtual showcase event this Friday, April 23. We are honored to have infectious disease expert Dr. Helmut Albrecht presenting the keynote speech, which will begin with warm welcomes from UofSC President Bob Caslen and Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti. The event will be hosted on the Discover UofSC iPosterSessions Conference Website beginning at 7:00 a.m., with the morning presentation session running from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon presentation session beginning at 1:00 p.m. and wrapping up at 2:30 p.m. We encourage all UofSC faculty, staff, students and friends to join us for this virtual showcase of research, scholarship, leadership and creativity across the UofSC System.


President Biden proposes a funding surge—and new agencies to manage it

Last week, in his 2022 budget request, President Joe Biden went big and bold on science. His proposed $118 billion bump in civilian discretionary spending would fund healthy boosts at many federal research agencies, including 20 percent hikes at the two largest: the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more in Science magazine.


Reminder: Updates to NIH Biosketch are required for all applications starting May 25

NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic. The new Biosketch form will be required for all applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. New Other Support forms will be required for Just-in-Time requests and RPPRs after the same date. Read the full notice for complete details.


President Biden looks to bolster long-term research and development

President Biden is seeking to ramp up government funding of research projects with injections of cash through both his 2022 budget and a major infrastructure package. Biden’s budget request released earlier this month, and his infrastructure proposal from March call for billions of dollars in government research and development, including the creation of health and climate centers modeled after the famed Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more.


Aging research facilities threaten agricultural innovation

A 2020 study released by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities reports $11.5 billion in repairs and renovations are needed at schools of agriculture authorized to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture research funding nationwide. A continued lack of funding to address university research infrastructure will negatively affect the agriculture, food and related industries that annually contribute $1.1 trillion to America’s economy. The future of scientific discovery, economic vitality, food production and health are at stake. Read more.


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