About SC EPSCoR/IDeA
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) are federal-state-university partnerships designed to increase research capacity and competitiveness for federal research and development funds. Since 1990, SC EPSCoR/IDeA funds have enabled the hiring of 102 junior, tenure-track faculty members in science and technology at South Carolina’s colleges and universities. SC EPSCoR/IDeA has supported research in disciplines such as biomedical engineering; neuroscience; alternative energy; nanomaterials; structural, chemical, and cellular biology; and environmental science, bringing more than $185 million in federal research funding to the state.
About the researchers
Principal Investigator/Program Director: Dr. Lucia A. Pirisi-Creek, professor, USC School of Medicine
Program Coordinator: Dr. Scott Little, director, SC EPSCoR/IDeA Office
Institutional Principal Investigators
USC: Dr. Wayne Carver, associate professor, department of cell and developmental biology and anatomy, School of Medicine
MUSC: Dr. Roger Markwald, chair, department of regenerative medicine and cell biology
Clemson University: Dr. Larry Dooley, associate dean of engineering and science for research and graduate studies
Claflin University: Dr. Angela Peters, professor and chair, department of chemistry
College of Charleston: Dr. James Deavor, professor and associate dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
Francis Marion University: Dr. Peter King, professor and chair, department of biology
Furman University: Dr. John Wheeler, professor, department of chemistry
South Carolina State University: Dr. Judith Salley, professor and chair, department of biological and physical sciences
USC Beaufort: Dr. Jane Upshaw, chancellor, and Dr. Charles Keith, professor and chair, department of science and mathematics.
Winthrop University: Dr. Pat Owens, professor and chair, department of chemistry
Postdoctoral Academic Career Development award (PACD) program director: Dr. Edward L. Krug, associate professor of regenerative medicine and cell biology, MUSC
Bioinformatics core director: Dr. Homayoun Valafar, associate professor of computer science and engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, USC
Breakdown of funding for SC INBRE
The University of South Carolina will receive approximately $4 million of the total $16 million award and will be responsible for providing the management structure and access to core laboratory, computational facilities and bioinformatics to the nine partner institutions. USC’s component of SC INBRE also supports the biomedical engineering program at the School of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Computing.
With just about $1 million each, Claflin and South Carolina State universities will expand their biochemistry faculty and train undergraduate and graduate students in their nascent MS in biotechnology program and biomedical research programs, respectively.
Winthrop and Francis Marion universities, receiving about $2.6 and $1.5 million respectively, will focus their efforts on the graduation and matriculation of significant numbers of undergraduate students into graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.
The College of Charleston and USC-Beaufort, each receiving about $1 million, will hire new faculty in neurobiology, chemical biology and structural biology and increase opportunities for minority students in the biomedical sciences.
Clemson University, receiving $1.1 million, will train researchers in bioengineering translational research through close interaction with Greenville Hospital System physicians.
Furman University, with $2.2 million, will further expand its research and training programs in neuroscience, and significantly augment its outreach to K-12 students for the recruitment of young people into the biomedical sciences.
The Medical University of South Carolina, with an award of $1 million, will provide access to the network of institutions to their nationally-recognized facilities for cell culturing and proteogenomics, as well as provide direct support to individual target faculty in regenerative medicine.