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The goal of the Grants for Exploratory Academic Research (GEAR) Program is to encourage multi-disciplinary research projects that have the ability to be at or beyond the frontiers of scientific discovery from across the current NSF approved network of institutions for the 2009 NSF Track-1 award, otherwise known as the South Carolina Project for Organ Biofabrication. These institutions include Claflin University, Clemson University, Furman University, Greenville Technical College, the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina-Columbia, the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, Voorhees College, and Winthrop University. Awards for this cycle are expected to be relevant to and in support of submissions of extramural proposals to sustain the five scientific thrusts of the current Track-1 Cooperative Agreement in Tissue Biofabrication (called the “South Carolina Project”) and the transition to a new Track-1 proposal aligned with the Materials Genome Initiative at NSF, including bio(inspired) materials.
The goal of the Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) program is to increase participation in South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA projects and programs by members of underrepresented minority groups and women. The program offers a variety of mechanisms to achieve this goal. For Track-1, funds may be used to cover costs of a comprehensive recruitment plan for faculty, post doctoral fellows, graduate students and technical staff positions. For Track-2, funds may be used to invite speakers who are potential applicants for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students or technical staff positions to give scientific seminars, or invite individuals experienced in recruitment, mentoring and retention of historically underserved populations to share effective strategies to diversify the professoriate and STEM workforce. Track-2 resources may also be requested by a faculty or group of faculty having recruitment responsibilities for either the professoriate or graduate students.For Track-3, seed grants for student and faculty travel support, stipends to support undergraduate research during the academic year and/or the summer, supplements to graduate student assistantships (limited to no more than $7,500), equipment, and/or materials and supplies that provide increased access to research resources.
Phase-0 is designed to increase the participation and competitiveness of South Carolina's small businesses in SBIR and STTR competitions, the amount of federal research dollars invested in South Carolina's private sector, and the involvement of academia in private sector research ventures.
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