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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, March 28, 2024

2023-2024 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 25 graduate students

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to award 25 2023-2024 SPARC Graduate Research Grants to support graduate student researchers across 17 University of South Carolina academic departments. These SPARC recipients will use their funding to engage in research, scholarly and creative projects over a 15-month period beginning this May. Visit our website to learn more about this year’s awardees. 


New open access agreement lets USC Columbia authors publish in Springer Nature journals at no cost

An agreement between the Carolina Consortium and Springer Nature gives USC Columbia corresponding authors the opportunity to publish articles in eligible Springer Nature journals free of charge. It’s one of a growing number of open access agreements made available by University Libraries. Open access publication is not only more affordable, it also allows scholars to make their work more discoverable and accessible to the global community. With more than 3,000 journals across a wide range of disciplines, Springer Nature is a leading publisher of academic research. Read more about this resource here


ASPIRE program seeks 2024 faculty research proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a 2024 ASPIRE funding program request for proposals (RFP). Visit our website for complete details about applying for ASPIRE. ASPIRE 2024 applications are due via USCeRA before 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 4, 2024. For questions about ASPIRE, please contact Beth Herron or Julie Morris with the Research and Grant Development Office, or


28 March 2024

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