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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, March 16, 2023

Upcoming Deadline: Discover USC 2023 volunteer and review registration deadline coming up

The registration deadline for anyone interested in volunteering or serving as a reviewer at Discover USC 2023 is coming up on Friday, March 24. Discover USC, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, showcases research, scholarship, leadership and creative projects by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and medical scholars representing the entire USC System. Volunteer registration is open to all USC faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students. Reviewer registration is open to all USC faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students.


Discover USC 2023 will host a record number of presentations, with more than 1,050 undergraduate and graduate students, medical and postdoctoral scholars registered to showcase their work. This is a very exciting milestone, but also one that comes with a major challenge: We do not have enough reviewers to cover all the presentations at Discover USC 2023. We encourage all USC faculty, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to sign up and serve as reviewers, to help ensure an excellent experience for all of our 2023 presenters.


Core Spotlight: McCausland Center for Brain Imaging

Research Cores at USC are centralized shared research resources that provide access to equipment, instruments, technology and expertise for faculty and investigators, and facilitate cutting-edge research to stimulate and increase research productivity and encourage collaboration. This week the Office of Research is highlighting the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging. The McCausland Center provides researchers the ability to perform high-resolution brain imaging studies in the Columbia, SC area and expands knowledge about neuroscience, the impact of brain injury and the process of recovery. Learn more about the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging on the core website.


NIH Updated Guidance: Repayment of Grant Funds

The NIH recently published a notice of updated guidance for NIH recipients who need to return funds in the HHS Payment Management System (PMS) for NIH grant awards that have ended, but funds have not yet expired (e.g., funds obligated from an annual appropriation within 5 years of current fiscal year). Effective immediately, when recipients need to return funds on an NIH grant, and the refund is $20,000 or greater, NIH recipients must (1) submit a revised FFR and (2) post the refund to the PMS document if the funds have not expired and are reconciled and closed in PMS. All refunds under $20,000 on closed PMS documents should be sent directly to PMS with instruction to post the funds to Miscellaneous Receipts. PMS refund instructions may be found here.


Research Preregistration: Submit your research plan to promote openness and reproducibility

University Libraries will host a workshop on research preregistration on Monday, March 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Preregistering your research creates a time-stamped plan for your hypothesis, study design and data analysis that can help you meet publishing requirements and affirm your commitment to research integrity and reproducibility. During this virtual session, Amie Freeman, Scholarly Communication and Open Initiatives Librarian, and Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, will teach the basics of preregistration and how to preregister your research plan with Open Science Framework. Register online here.


New service seeking volunteers to support research

The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages anyone who is interested to sign up as a volunteer on ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch brings together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their health-related studies. The program makes it easy for researchers to connect with volunteers and further their research projects. Anyone can register with ResearchMatch, including healthy volunteers, and signing up is easy! Visit the ResearchMatch website for more information and to register.


Register now for University Libraries research workshops

Each semester, University Libraries hosts a variety of workshops for members of the USC community on research-related topics, including research data management, digital publishing and text analysis. Over the next week, University Libraries will host two workshops: Engaging Your Students through Experiential Learning in an Open Setting and the Graduate Student Research Toolbox. The workshops will take place virtually and the event URL for each workshop will be sent via registration confirmation email. Visit the University Libraries workshops page to learn more and sign up for these exciting workshops.


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