The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competition.

A total of 197 proposals were submitted to the ASPIRE programs. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committee that was appointed by the Vice President. While a large number of meritorious proposals were received, those that received the highest priority scores were selected for funding. Of the 197 proposals received a total of 66 were funded, for a total of $2,471,591, which represents a 34% funding rate.


ASPIRE-I (Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence-I) funding is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research to encourage faculty to develop individual innovative research projects leading to the pursuit of external funding or to the promotion of scholarly activities. This program will have four tracks of funding

Track I funds are awarded to Junior Faculty (tenure-track Assistant Professors only) to encourage the development of research projects for further extramural funding or other scholarly pursuits.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Adlof, Suzanne Dynamic Assessment of Word Learning as a Predictor of Reading Comprehension OutcomesCommunication Sciences & DisordersPublic Health, Arnold School of
Billings, DeborahGroup Outcomes, Pregnancy and Stress (the GROUPS Study)Health Promotion, Education & BehaviorPublic Health, Arnold School of
Browne, Teri Disparities in Phosphate Binder Adherence Among Hemodialysis Patients: A Mixed Methods Study Social WorkSocial Work, College of
Chen, HexinProteomic analysis reveals an iron regulatory gene as a novel target for treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Frizzell, NormaProtein Succination is associated with Neuropathology in Mitochondrial Disease Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience Medicine, School of
Huang, XinyuDevelopment of Novel Thermo-Mechanical Testing Methodology for SiC Composite Claddings Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Jabbarzadeh, EhsanNanoengineering stem cell cardiac lineage commitment Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Kaczynski, AndrewBuilding Youth Capacity for Healthy Community Design: University of South Carolina ASPIRE-I 2012 Research Grant Proposal (Track I) Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Public Health, Arnold School of
Kuenzli, ElisabethIndians, Identity, and Nation Building in Eastern Bolivia, through the Perspective of Provincial Archival Documentation History Arts and Sciences, College of
Montie, EricUsing Passive Acoustics to Correlate Sound Production and Egg Release in Captive Populations of Soniferous Fishes: A Model to Study Spawning Behavior in the Wild Science and Mathematics USC Beaufort
Murphy, ElizabethMacrophgaes in High Fat Diet Enhanced Colorectal Cancer: Regulation by miRNA-155 Pathology & Microbiology Medicine, School of
Pershin, YuriyNovel Approaches to Spin Noise Spectroscopy Physics & Astronomy Arts and Sciences, College of
Rajca, AndrewSpace, Memory, and Human Rights in the Postdictatorial Southern Cone Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Arts and Sciences, College of
Saleh, NavidHeteroaggregation and deposition of chirally separated single-walled carbon nanotubes in heterogeneous aquatic systems Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Shervette, VirginiaConservation Biogeography of Freshwater Fishes in Southeastern USA: Freshwater Fish Diversity and Evolution Using River-Oxbow Lake Systems in SC and GA as a Case Study Biology & Geology USC Aiken
Wang, HuiSingle-Molecule Spectroscopic Study of Dynamic Nanoscale DNA Bending Induced by Retroviral Nucleocapsid Proteins Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Xu, PeishengDual Secured Nano-Sting for Targeted Colon Cancer Therapy Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Yang, JinkyuDevelopment of Novel Structural Materials Using Granular Phononic Crystals Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of

Track II funds are awarded to research faculty (non-tenure track, Assistant Professor level and above, but not for Post-Doctoral Fellows) to encourage the development of research projects for further extramural funding.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Alexeev, Oleg Synthesis and Reactivity of Zeolite-Supported Rh Complexes Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
DePratter, Chester The Colonial Era Archaeology of the Savannah River Valley Archaeology & Anthropology, SC Institute of Arts and Sciences, College of
Lo, Pang-Kuo Exploring the role of DNMT1 in HER2-mediated breast tumorigenesis and its therapeutic application Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Malysz, John EFFECT OF ACUTE ETHANOL EXPOSURE ON URINARY BLADDER SMOOTH MUSCLE FUNCTION: ROLE OF K+ ION CHANNELS Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Schools, Gary Intranucleolar bodies in stress response Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Shapiro, Cheri Dynamic Risk Factors for Youth Recidivism Families in Society, Institute for Social Work, College of
Singh, Narendra Investigation of Resveratrol-regulated microRNAs and epigenetic modification in amelioration of lupus Pathology & Microbiology Medicine, School of
Williams, Edith Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Travel Burden Survey (SLETBS): Baseline Data Among a South Carolina SLE Cohort Epidemiology & Biostatistics Public Health, Arnold School of

Track III funds are awarded as bridge funds to faculty (tenure-track, tenured or research faculty) who have not been able to renew their recent grants.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Lavigne, John Hybrid and Polymer-Modified Boronate-Linked Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Reagan, Lawrence Decreased CNS leptin activity in comorbid depression and obesity Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience Medicine, School of
Ziehl, Paul Distributed Sensing for the Nuclear Infrastructure Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of

Track IV funds are awarded as innovative and exploratory grants for Senior Faculty (Tenure-Track or Tenured Associate and Full Professors) to expand or re-focus their research.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Cobb, Charles The Archaeology of Chickasaw Migrations and Colonial Alliances Archaeology & Anthropology, SC Institute of Arts and Sciences, College of
Felder, Michael Identification of a Recessive Gene Causing Juvenile, Remitting Ataxia Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Kelly, Kenneth Landlords, Traders, and the 19th Century Illegal Slave Trade: Archaeologies of Entanglement along the Rio Pongo, Guinea, West Africa. Anthropology Arts and Sciences, College of
Knapp, Camelia Full Waveform Elastic Inversion Code Development for Gas Hydrate Research Earth and Ocean Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Krizek, Beth Long noncoding RNAs in Arabidopsis flower development Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Mandal, Krishna Novel Semiconductors for High Resolution Nuclear Detector Electrical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Marton, Laszlo Development of Virginia mallow to be a new multipurpose biomass crop Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Omolo, Bernard A Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Correlated Microarray Datasets USC Upstate USC Upstate
Petkov, Georgi TRANSIENT RECEPTOR POTENTIAL MELASTATIN 4 CHANNEL: NOVEL PHARMACOLOGICAL TARGET FOR URINARY BLADDER DYSFUNCTION Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Shaw, Timothy Measurement of Oxygen Consumption in Beach Face Pore Waters Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Walsh, Kenneth Application of ISFETs for Ion Channel Drug Discovery Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience Medicine, School of
Wang, Qian TOBACCO MOSAIC VIRUS AS SCAFFOLDING MATERIALS TO ENHANCE BONE REGENERATION Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Weik, Terrance Chickasaw African Transitions: Archaeo-Geophysical Survey at the Levi Colbert Prairie Homestead in Mississippi Anthropology Arts and Sciences, College of

ASPIRE-I (Innovation) Guidelines

 

ASPIRE-II (Advanced Support Program for Integration of Research Excellence-II) funding is provided by the Vice President's Office for Research to support research involving at least two or more Colleges/Schools. This call is aimed to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between at least 3 or more faculty members to develop preliminary data to apply for targeted Program Projects, Centers of Excellence Grants or similar mechanisms of extramural funding. The goal of this internal grant is to seed new or support existing collaborative interdisciplinary research that is nationally and internationally competitive and has a strong potential to be supported and sustained by external finding agencies.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Berger, Franklin Program in Thymidylate Synthase Research COBRE: Center for Colon Cancer Research Arts and Sciences, College of
Booze, Rosemarie Brain Inflammation: Diet-Induced Obesity and Novel Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics Psychology Arts and Sciences, College of
Buell, Duncan Ghosts of South Carolina College--A Critical Interactive for Engaging Students and Visitors in the History of USC's Horseshoe Computer Science & Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Chen, Donna New Catalysts for Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Decho, Alan Revolutionizing Treatment of resistant-infections using engineered nanoparticles to inhibit bacterial cell-cell communication. Environmental Health Sciences Public Health, Arnold School of
Hebert, James ASPIRE-II: Preparing for a Program Project Grant in Diet, Physical Activity, and Energy Balance to Address Large Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Epidemiology & Biostatistics Public Health, Arnold School of
Heyden, Andreas Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-Derived Platform Molecules into High Octane Biofuels Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Hughes, Austin Evolution of transcription factor regulatory networks Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Ploehn, Harry A Materials Toolbox Approach for Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Weist, Mark Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Training and Intervention for Youth with Mood Disorders in Schools Psychology Arts and Sciences, College of
Wilson, Dawn Gene and Environmental Influences on Obesity: Implications for Prevention Psychology Arts and Sciences, College of
Wilson, Marlene Validating rodent models of PTSD for developing biomarkers of resilience, risk, & treatment Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience Medicine, School of

ASPIRE-II (Integration) Guidelines

 

ASPIRE-III (Advanced Support Program for Infrastrucure in Research Excellence-III) funding is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research to develop infrastructure such as multi-user equipment and facilities with cutting edge-technology that is critical to the growth and competitiveness of USC's research portfolio. To pursue interdisciplinary research, it is critical that we have a state-of-the-art research infrastructure that can be used to sustain existing and develop new interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence. This internal grant is aimed at providing support for such ventures. Funds may also be used to complement extramural support for purchase of major equipment.

Principal InvestigatorTitleDepartmentCollege
Broude, Eugenia Confocal Microscope Upgrade for the Translational Cancer Therapeutics Shared Instrumentation Facility Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Dawson, John Purchase of Velos Pro Linear Ion Trap (LTQ) Mass Spectrometer - Department of chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Dyer, Andrew The Promotion of Transgenic and Controlled-Environment Greenhouse Research at USC Aiken USC Aiken USC Aiken
Ghoshroy, Soumitra Acquisition of a Remotely Operable Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope for the University of South Carolina Electron Microscopy Center Electron Microscopy Center Arts and Sciences, College of
Kidane, Addis HIGH TEMPERATURE HOT PRESSING FOR ADVANCED,AEROSPACE, NUCLEAR, BIOMEDICAL AND FUEL CELL MATERIAL PROCESSING Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Lu, Kevin Databases to Strengthen Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Efforts for Faculty in Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Department Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Mousseau, Timothy Proposed purchase of a SAM 940 Radiation Isotope Identifier (RIID) Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Potts, Jay Upgrade of Live Cell Imaging Capabilities in the USC Instrumentation Resource Facility Cell Biology & Anatomy Medicine, School of
Rorden, Christopher MRI Simulator Shared Laboratory Psychology Arts and Sciences, College of

ASPIRE-III (Infrastructure) Guidelines

 

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