University of South Carolina

Research office kicks off internal funding opportunity

The Office of the Vice President for Research announced Monday, Oct. 22, a new cycle for its internal funding program, ASPIRE (Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence).  

Last year, the Office of the Vice President for Research awarded funding for 66 proposals, totaling nearly $2.5 million. 

Faculty at all levels and at all USC system campuses are eligible for funding support through the ASPIRE program via three separate funding tracks. 

ASPIRE-I provides funding for innovative, individual research projects which will lead to the pursuit of external funding. ASPIRE-II supports integrated and collaborative research between at least three faculty members from two or more colleges or schools, or with prior approval, two departments within a diverse college such as the College of Arts and Sciences. ASPIRE-III provides funding for development of infrastructure such as multi-user equipment and facilities with cutting-edge technology. These tracks are designed to increase funding opportunities for individual faculty members and for interdisciplinary research teams, as well as to enhance the competitiveness of USC’s research infrastructure.

Faculty members may submit revised proposals from last year’s ASPIRE competition which fully address reviewer comments per the guidelines.

The fall 2012 issue of Breakthrough magazine will highlight successful ASPIRE-II proposals from last year’s competition.  ASPIRE 2012 award results for each track are available online.   

The deadline for ASPIRE-I proposals is Jan. 23. The deadline for ASPIRE-II and ASPIRE-III proposals is Feb. 25.  For more information and forms, please visit the ASPIRE website.  

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Posted: 10/22/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/22/12 @ 3:26 PM | Permalink