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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Vice President for Research wants to hear from you

Interim Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson is looking for informal feedback from faculty on research challenges at UofSC. Please RSVP here, mark your calendars and plan to join Dr. Fridriksson for an informal discussion around this topic next Thursday, December 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., on the Horseshoe. (Rain date is Monday, December 13, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.) 


Health sciences faculty: Join us for a workshop on NIH proposal resubmission

The Office of the Vice President for Research will offer a three-hour workshop on National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal resubmission on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the Close-Hipp building, Lumpkin Auditorium (eighth floor). This workshop will help UofSC faculty members who are considering resubmission understand the strategy, rules and processes involved in revising and resubmitting an NIH proposal. The NIH Resubmission Workshop will include detailed discussion on NIH revision rules, understanding the summary statement, responding to reviewer comments and revising the proposal. Read more and register by Thursday, January 20, 2022.


Encourage your graduate students to apply for the Big Data Health Science Scholar Program for Infectious Diseases at UofSC

The Big Data Health Science Center is recruiting graduate students for its summer training program, the Big Data Health Science Scholar Program for Infectious Diseases at UofSC. This national program is open to graduate students who are permanent residents or U.S. citizens and have completed at least one year in a graduate program in the physical and quantitative sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The program will recruit eight students who are interested in learning how to apply data science to infectious disease-related research. This is a three-month, full-time (40 hours per week) program to work alongside established scientists on one or more big data health-related studies. Selected students will receive free housing, a living stipend, health insurance (if needed) and one-on-one world-class mentorship during the summer months. Learn more and apply by Saturday, January 15, 2022.


Priority funding opportunity: Health disparities

The Office of the Vice President for Research has identified health disparities as an area where UofSC is uniquely well-situated to make a positive impact on communities. To help UofSC health sciences researchers identify relevant funding opportunities, the Weekly Research Update will occasionally include calls for proposals in health disparities. The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a call for Measures and Methods to Advance Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities-Related Constructs. UofSC faculty are encouraged to apply for this award by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022.


Don’t forget: ASPIRE I Q&A sessions start this week

The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced the call for ASPIRE proposals for the 2021-2022 funding cycle, with ASPIRE I proposals due on Thursday, January 20, 2022, and ASPIRE II and III proposals due on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Faculty and postdocs planning to submit ASPIRE proposals are encouraged to attend a virtual Q&A session to help them prepare the proposal package. The first Q&A session, focused on ASPIRE I, is coming up this Friday, December 3, at 1:00 p.m. The second Q&A workshop session, targeting postdoctoral scholars interested in applying for an ASPIRE I Track 2B award, will be held virtually on Friday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. (A third ASPIRE I Q&A session is planned for Tuesday, December 14.) Complete details about ASPIRE, including the link to tomorrow’s virtual Q&A session, are available on the ASPIRE program webpage. Q&A session dates and times for ASPIRE II and III will be announced later this month.


2 December 2021

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