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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, January 12, 2023

New Research Cores section of the VPR website

The Office of the Vice President for Research recently launched a new Research Cores section on the VPR website. Research cores at the University of South Carolina are shared research resources that provide access to equipment, instruments, technology and more that researchers from any part of the university can use for a fee. This new section provides a centralized tool to find information about labs, centers, and equipment available for use by all USC researchers. Check out the Research Cores section announcement to find more information about the new section.


Webinar and resources for the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health have released a new Data Management and Sharing Policy, which takes effect later this month. Familiarize yourself with the policy here and here. On Tuesday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m., COGR will host Michelle Bulls, Director of the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) for a webinar on the new policy. The discussion will cover budgeting issues and other topics of interest, and there will be time for Q&A. Registration will open soon and attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance during registration. 

Contact Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, at if you have questions about the policy, need help creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan, or would like assistance locating an appropriate repository for sharing your research data. For additional information and resources on the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, please refer to the University Libraries online policy guide, visit COGR’s Resource Page and the newly released chapter of the COGR NIH DMS Readiness Guide.


USC faculty: Nominate your colleagues for the Exceptional Research Service Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting nominations for the research awards program, the Exceptional Research Service Awards. This program, consisting of three distinct honors, is designed to recognize outstanding research support staff who provide top-notch service to USC’s faculty and student researchers every day. With award categories for research administrators and technical research staff, the Exceptional Research Service Awards will provide recognition and an honorarium for deserving professionals. Nominations are due by Monday, February 6, at 5:00 pm. Check out the program page for more details on how to submit nominations.


White House releases OSTP memo FAQs

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning their recent memo “Ensuring Free, Immediate and Equitable Access to Funder Research.” Find the FAQ here and contact University Libraries at if you have additional questions.


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.

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