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Office of the Vice President for Research

    Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 28, 2023

    Focus SC: New institutes will use cutting-edge research to solve South Carolina problems

    Five new interdisciplinary research institutes address the Palmetto State’s biggest challenges in healthcare, water quality, education, and more. A recent Q&A with the Vice President for Research, Julius Fridriksson, illuminates the various projects which will lead to future innovation amongst the university’s diverse research faculty. These institutes are fully interdisciplinary, bringing researchers together from across USC colleges and departments to work towards the betterment of the state of South Carolina citizens. Read the full Q&A here


    Funding Opportunities through the Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) Program at the NSF

    A Program Director within the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Dr. Jason Borenstein, is offering a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, October 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., hosted by Clemson University. This talk will cover the Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) Program at the National Science Foundation. Projects funded by ER2 use fundamental research to produce knowledge pertaining to responsible research practices and methods at all level of research. The talk will cover a range of ethical categories for researchers in STEM fields. Please register ahead of time here


    Become a reviewer for internal funding and awards programs 

    The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a comprehensive slate of internal funding and award programs for faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars. These annual programs provide recognition of outstanding work and unique opportunities for researchers at every level to take on scholarly projects that might be hard to fund through other methods. To keep these programs strong and successful, the Office of the Vice President for Research looks to faculty members throughout the USC System to serve as reviewers on the committees that guide selection of award and/or funding recipients. Interested faculty members are encouraged to sign up to serve on a review committee.


    University Libraries Data Visualization Resources and Support

    Learning sessions covering general principles of data visualization as well as specific data viz tools (Excel, Tableau, and R) will be offered through the Digital Research Services at the University Libraries this fall. Register here to join. The DataLab, located in the Thomas Cooper Library, makes three high-powered workstations available for data visualization and data analysis work. A full description of the space and available resources can be found here


    Internal funding for faculty and graduate students

    • Excel provides up to $18,000 in funding to faculty in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Applications are due Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
    • SPARC applications are due Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. for graduate students seeking grants for their research. Visit the SPARC program page for information about the application process. 


    28 September, 2023

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