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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Office of the Vice President for Research receives huge faculty response to two new funding programs

Earlier this week, two new Office of the Vice President for Research faculty funding programs had their first proposal deadlines. USC faculty members submitted well over 100 proposals to both the Research Institutes Funding Program and the Excel Funding Program for Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, including:

  • 41 Research Institutes Funding Program pre-applications
  • 79 Excel Track I Individual grant proposals
  • 21 Excel Track II Collaborative grant proposals

Faculty members who submitted Research Institutes Funding Program pre-applications will be notified in mid-to-late December about whether they will be invited to submit a full proposal.


Changes to the 2023 ASPIRE Request for Proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research has made several notable changes to the 2023 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program Request for Proposals (RFP). This year’s ASPIRE program will emphasize support for early-career investigators who intend to pursue extramural funding, and will not offer the traditional ASPIRE funding tracks. Applications for ASPIRE 2023 funding are due on Thursday, February 16, by 5:00 p.m. For complete details, please check out the 2023 ASPIRE announcement on the Office of the VPR website.


October 2022 new grant awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the October 2022 monthly awards report listing new grant awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


Faculty mentors: Remember to have undergraduate students register their research

As the end of the semester quickly approaches, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) wants to know about research involving undergraduate students across the USC 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. Now is a great time to have your undergraduate mentees register their research from this past semester. Complete details about what research to report, when to report it and how are available on the OUR Research Registry webpage.


How scientists can inform policy decisions

An article from Nature explains how experts can use their research and policy experience to engage with decision makers. Academics, funders and institutions rarely incentivize effective, sustained policy engagement, and researchers who invest time and travel funds to gain policy experience often face career penalties. Scientists are needed, however, to increase collaboration with policymakers and help transform policy with their expertise.


USC 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 2023 RISE grant proposals. The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement program, known as RISE, provides funds for summer research to faculty members working at USC Aiken, Beaufort, Upstate 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 2023 RISE proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.


Thanksgiving holiday wishes to the USC research community

The Weekly Research Update will be on hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. In this season of gratitude, the Office of the Vice President for Research appreciates the contributions of every member of the USC research community. It is because of the outstanding faculty members, supportive staffers, postdoctoral and student scholars at every level that our research community is so strong and vital. We wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday and a festive start to the winter holiday season.


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