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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Graduate Students: The Grant Basics workshop is tomorrow and SPARC is now accepting proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to offer two research opportunities for graduate students:

  • Tomorrow, Friday, October 1, join us for the Grant Basics Workshop, presented virtually via Microsoft Teams from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Graduate students may register for the session, or join without registering, through the workshop announcement page.
  • 2021-2022 SPARC grant applications are due by Wednesday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m.Complete information about the application process, including all 2021-2022 SPARC application materials are available on the SPARC program page. All graduate students who apply for a SPARC grant must view an application workshop video prior to submitting their proposals. Visit the Office of the Vice President for Research website for complete application details.


UofSC system faculty: Apply for a RISE grant to support your summer research

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to issue the call for 2022 RISE grant proposals. The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement program, known as RISE, provides funds for summer research to faculty members working at UofSC’s senior campuses and Palmetto College campuses through a competitive application process. Visit the Office of the Vice President for Research website to download the RISE RFPs and application materials. Complete 2022 RISE proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021.


Congress weighs major expansion of the EPSCoR Program

As part of its broader push on innovation legislation, the U.S. Senate is proposing to dramatically expand EPSCoR, a program that channels research funds to states like South Carolina that have historically received a small share of science agency funding. Counterpart House legislation does not recommend expanding the program, setting it up as an important point of negotiation. Although lawmakers have not yet convened a conference committee to iron out compromise legislation, this month a bipartisan group of 34 senators and 26 representatives wrote to congressional leaders advocating that the EPSCoR expansion provisions be included in the finalized version. Read more about EPSCoR and next steps in the negotiation.


30 September 2021

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