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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 18, 2023

New Research Institutes Funding Program invests in five projects at USC

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the President have selected five interdisciplinary research institutes for funding through the Research Institutes Funding Program. The institutes, which will take a multidisciplinary approach to research on such issues as infectious disease mitigation, rural STEM education and the quality of South Carolina’s water, will each receive $500,000 per year over four years from the RIFP. The five institutes have the potential to bring future funding and prosperity to the state in the form of major federal grants and commercialization opportunities. Visit the RIFP announcement to learn more about the selected institutes.


Propel Research Mentorship Program now accepting applications

The Propel Research Mentorship Program offers in-depth workshops, mentoring and other support throughout the academic year to give new and early-career faculty members an edge as they develop and finalize a grant proposal for submission to the NIH or NSF at the end of the program term. Participants in the program have reported feeling significantly more ready to prepare and submit federal grant proposals, making great connections with their assigned mentors and fellow mentees, and receiving useful feedback and suggestions that helped them sharpen their research plans and proposal writing. Propel applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due by Friday, August 4. Complete application details are available on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


2023 ASPIRE Grants invest in the USC research community

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of Advanced Support Programs for Innovative Research Excellence, or ASPIRE funding. This year, the ASPIRE program was restructured with the goal of funding promising early-career faculty who intend to pursue subsequent extramural funding. ASPIRE proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research, and 34 projects from early-career and senior faculty were selected for funding. Read more about ASPIRE and the 2023 grant recipients.


Phase III of the Hyperion HPC cluster ready for use by USC researchers

Phase III of the Hyperion HPC cluster is now in production, and ready to serve the computational needs of USC researchers, faculty, and students. Research faculty can become Hyperion cluster contributors to gain priority scheduling on their owned nodes for the lifetime of the equipment. Visit the ServiceNow page to learn more about the details of the new upgrade. To purchase Hyperion Phase III nodes, please enter a request on the ServiceNow page.


April 2023 grant awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the April 2023 monthly awards report listing new grant awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


Apply for assistance with a digital humanities or computational research project 

The Humanities Collaborative at USC will sponsor a working group committed to the digital humanities that could provide technical support for your project in the coming academic year. The working group aims to support USC Columbia faculty and graduate students with curiosity, interests, plans or projects related to computational work in the social sciences and humanities. If you have a digital humanities project or even an idea that needs technical support during the next academic year, please complete this brief survey to let the the Humanities Collaborative know. Contact Kate Boyd ( with any questions regarding the group.


Take the Better-Internet Survey to help improve internet access across South Carolina

We are proud to partner with GetConnectedSC to help bring reliable, high-speed internet to all South Carolinians. The Better-Internet Survey is designed to pinpoint internet access availability, barriers to use and other concerns around internet use, down to a specific household level. The five-minute survey will help direct where and when improvements are made, ensuring that we can provide quality internet to all communities in the state. A Spanish version of the survey is also available here. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will help us create a more connected and equitable South Carolina.


New Research Email Lists

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites you to join our new subject-specific email lists for updates on research-related funding opportunities. There will be mailing lists for the following subjects: health sciences, STEM, social sciences and arts and humanities. Through these lists, we will share important research information, including funding opportunity updates and more from our partner, the Lewis-Burke Associates. Though it will vary by list, subscribers can expect regular, and at times frequent, emails. Click here to sign up for the new email lists.


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.

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