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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, November 4, 2021

RISE Q&A sessions begin next week

The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE), a competitive internal grant program for faculty members working at UofSC System campuses, is now accepting 2022 proposals. Prospective RISE applicants are encouraged to attend a virtual Q&A session coming up in the next two weeks:

  • Friday, November 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (focus on four-year senior campuses)
  • Friday, November 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (focus on two-year regional campuses)

To register for a Q&A session, download the 2022 RISE requests for proposals and all application materials, visit the RISE Program webpage. Complete 2022 RISE proposals are due by Thursday, December 16, 2021.


NIH expands guidance on supporting safe and respectful workplaces

The National Institutes of Health recently updated its anti-sexual harassment website to encompass the range of threats to safe and respectful workplaces at institutions receiving NIH funding. The updated site outlines actions the NIH can take to address different forms of harassment, how to notify the agency of issues, resources to evaluate workplace climate and frequently asked questions. It also has a new section where the public can easily find information on the numbers and types of harassment cases the NIH handles involving projects at NIH-supported institutions, and the resulting actions. Read more on the NIH extramural NEXUS blog.


Interview with NSF Director examines how the United States stays competitive in key technologies

The United States of America has been leagues above the rest of the world in terms of science and technology for decades. High-schooler, entrepreneur and Forbes blogger Taarini Kaur Dang wanted to research how the U.S. has been so successful in this pursuit. So, she interviewed the National Science Foundation’s Director, Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan to help illuminate how the U.S. has maintained this leadership position and how it plans to stay at the top. Read the interview at


4 November 2021

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