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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Register for the inaugural Research Cores Fair on January 5, 2023

The University of South Carolina is hosting a Research Cores Fair on Thursday, January 5, 2023, to spotlight the wealth of resources at the university that are available to researchers. The event will feature short talks on a variety of topics, tables or posters for each Research Core and posters by students and postdocs. We encourage USC graduate and other professional students, Principal Investigators, and those from other institutions who are interested in using the USC Research Cores to RSVP to attend or present a poster at this exciting event. To learn more and RSVP for the event, visit the Research Cores Fair announcement on the VPR website.


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

Late last month, 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.


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.


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.


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