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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 12, 2021

New Propel Research Mentorship Program helps early-career faculty develop large grant proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is pleased to announce the new Propel Research Mentorship Program. Propel is designed to support early-career faculty members through every step of planning, developing and finalizing a polished, competitive large grant proposal targeting either the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation. Propel does this by providing intensive, expert mentorship, workshops and editing support to selected participants over a period of nine months, beginning with a kickoff workshop this September and ending with the submission of grant proposals next June. Any faculty member may nominate any number of early-career faculty members who meet the eligibility criteria for Propel (self-nominations are not allowed). A faculty review committee will score nominations to inform the selection process. The Office of the Vice President for Research will begin accepting nominations on Tuesday, August 17, and complete nomination packages for the inaugural 2021-2022 Propel class are due by Friday, August 27, 2021. For more information on Propel, and the nomination process, visit the Office of the VPR website.


July 2021 grant awards report now available

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


New article on argues open science is good for science

In a new article on, New York scientist Neville E. Sanjana argues for the virtues of open science. He notes that, in the race to publish papers and secure funding, science can sometimes seem like a competition. But in reality, modern science relies on open sharing and collaboration. Read his piece on


12 August 2021

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