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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, December 9, 2021

DOE EPSCoR State/National Laboratory Partnerships funding opportunity

DOE’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) recently announced a call for applications for Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships are intended to advance understanding of the physical world by supporting fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE National Laboratories, including the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in South Carolina. Participation by undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows is required. Early career faculty are encouraged to apply, and to use DOE user facilities in their research projects. Applicants are advised of the following areas of priority interest: clean energy and climate research, including energy storage, carbon dioxide removal, hydrogen, solar energy conversion, and low-carbon manufacturing (including polymer upcycling). Complete details are available on the DOE website (reference Announcement Number: DE FOA 0002624 on this DOE webpage). Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022.


Don’t forget: ASPIRE I Q&A session for postdocs 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. Postdocs planning to submit ASPIRE proposals are encouraged to attend this Friday’s 1:00 p.m. virtual Q&A session focusing on the ASPIRE I Track 2B award for postdocs. One more ASPIRE I Q&A session for faculty is planned for Tuesday, December 14, at 1:30 p.m. 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 soon.


Please complete our interest survey on federal funding agency workshops

In the coming months, the Office of the Vice President for Research plans to offer a series of 90-minute workshops for UofSC faculty, each focused on one federal research funding agency. The workshop format will include a presentation lasting about one hour on strategies for success with the agency, followed by about 30 minutes of Q&A with faculty members who have been funded by the agency. To help us select and prioritize the agencies these workshops will focus on, please complete our one-question interest survey.


Faculty mentors: Remember to have undergraduate students register their research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) wants to know about research involving undergraduate students across the UofSC system. It is easy for undergraduate students to report their research each semester through the OUR Research Registry. Registering undergraduate research projects helps the OUR recognize undergraduate researchers and their mentors, and helps the office demonstrate the significant role and value that research opportunities deliver for undergraduate students when they apply their learning beyond the classroom. Complete details about what research to report, when to report it and how are available on the OUR Research Registry webpage.


9 December 2021

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