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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 26, 2022

NIH and NSF grant proposal writing sessions offered at SC INBRE Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop: Register by June 1

Registration is now open for the South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) summer Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop to be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14, in Columbia. This workshop is free and offers sessions targeting all levels from high school students through faculty, in any discipline with particular focus on STEMM/NIH and NSF research areas. Visit the SC INBRE website for complete details and to register.


Office of the Vice President for Research seeks input on future workshops

With the end of the semester comes time for planning, and the Office of the Vice President for Research is busy planning new programming for faculty researchers next academic year. One program we plan to offer in the coming months is a series of 90-minute workshops on the fundamentals of successfully applying for research funding from specific federal agencies. To help us identify the agencies most in-demand by faculty, we invite all UofSC faculty researchers to provide input via our 2022-2023 Short Workshops Interest Form.


New NSF program aims to foster commercialization of research outside of established hubs

This month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) rolled out a new funding program aimed at enabling researchers to thrive where they are, rather than having to move to an innovation hub to successfully commercialize their technologies. Its goal is to help communities far from the country’s best known high-tech meccas build their capacity to turn research by local scientists into new companies and well-paying jobs that will bolster the regional economy. The initiative, called Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, will offer the largest cash awards in the foundation’s history—$160 million over 10 years—to each of five regions hoping to create their own versions of Silicon Valley. A key measure of success, say experts in the field, will be whether new companies can find everything they need to prosper without having to flee their birthplaces. Read more on


Register Now: Free 14-day writing challenge program June 20 through July 3

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is offering a 14-Day Summer Writing Challenge to help participants make progress on any kind of academic project this summer, from Monday, June 20 through Sunday, July 3, 2022. This program recognizes that faculty often don't have as much time as they would like to commit to writing. The power of the 14-Day Writing Challenge is that it gives writers space to connect with their scholarly work each day, whatever that work may look like. Join the Summer 14-Day Writing Challenge and see how group accountability, tracking writing time and engaging in daily writing can improve overall productivity. The NCFDD Summer Writing Challenge is free for all UofSC faculty (and staff) with our institutional NCFDD membership. Register by Wednesday, June 15 to join in this productive summer writing challenge program. (Please note that participants must activate their UofSC institutional membership here before completing registration for the challenge.)


26 May 2022

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