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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 17, 2023

USC joins SC Nexus consortium to apply for a prestigious Tech Hub designation

Last week, a consortium of more than 35 public and private partners led by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, collectively known as SC Nexus, applied for designation as one of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 20 Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs). If selected as one of the Tech Hubs, SC Nexus will be eligible to apply for funding made available through the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which authorized $10 billion over five years for the Tech Hubs effort. As a core consortium member, USC helped to shape the SC Nexus mission to develop and commercialize new technologies for end-to-end energy generation, smart distribution and storage. In a new Post and Courier op-ed article, USC President Michael Amiridis explains the importance of advanced energy to meet growing in-state demand, and how South Carolina is poised to lead our nation’s energy future.


Attention Researchers: eIRB system to undergo upgrade on Saturday, August 26

An update to the eIRB application system used to manage the USC Institutional Review Board’s review process will be applied on Saturday, August 26, 2023. This update will bring new functionality and features to improve the system. Educational materials for eIRB users are available in video and pdf formats. Users will be unable to log into eIRB on Saturday, August 26, while it is brought down for maintenance. The upgrade is expected to require no less than 12 hours of downtime.


New RFP issued to centralize USC’s research cores

The Office of the Vice President for Research has issued a new request for proposals to centralize the university’s shared research cores. Research core directors working at the USC Columbia or USC School of Medicine Columbia campuses are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity. Complete details, including the project overview, eligibility information, proposal package components and review criteria, are available in the RFP document (PDF). Complete application packages are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Questions? Contact Lumi Bakos at or 803-777-0969.


Office of Undergraduate Research announces program changes

The Office of Undergraduate Research made changes to some of our programs for the 2023-2024 academic year. The changes to a number of grant programs and Discover USC are summarized here, with full details available at


Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund now accepting proposals

The offices of the Vice President of Research and the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are now accepting proposals for funding through the 2023 Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund (RJERF). By empowering our world-class faculty to better understand the ways race, racism and racial prejudice function in society and make substantive advancements for racial equity, USC aims to promote real and lasting racial justice in our local community, state and nation. USC faculty in all disciplines, working on all system campuses are eligible to submit proposals in response to the 2023 RJERF Call for Proposals. Complete proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

17 August 2023

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