The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competitions.

A total of 226 proposals were submitted to the ASPIRE programs this year, representing a 15% increase over the inaugural competition in 2012. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research. While a large number of meritorious proposals were received, those that received the highest priority scores were selected for funding. Of the 226 proposals received a total of 67 were funded, for a total of $2,005,879, which represents a 29.7% funding rate. Prakash Nagarkatti, the Vice President for Research, notes, "ASPIRE awards have a significant impact on research and scholarly activities of our faculty across all disciplines - they are aimed to encourage interdisciplinary and creative collaborations with the goal towards enhancing scholarly publications and research funding."


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 Investigator Title Department College
Anderson, Jill Adaptive evolution in the context of rapid climate change Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Davis, Shannon Generating novel zebrafish lines to study pituitary organogenesis Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Greytak, Andrew Aspire: Demonstration of ligand binding and release from single semiconductor nanowires Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Liu, Xinfeng Mathematical modeling and computational studies for proliferation kinetics of tumor growth Mathematics Arts and Sciences, College of
Schwebel, Sara Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins: An Annotated, Critical Edition English Arts and Sciences, College of
Irvin, Matthew Understanding the Link between Substance Use and School Dropout among Rural Youth Educational Studies, Department of Education, College of
Niehaus, Sarah How Social-Emotional Well-Being Contributes to the Academic Achievement of English Language Learners Educational Studies, Department of Education, College of
Alekseyev, Max Varying-resolution synteny blocks construction for large-scale
phylogenomics
Computer Science & Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Berge, Nicole Evaluating Nanomaterial Mobility in Realistic Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfill Environments: Part 1 - Development of Geotechnical Centrifuge Testing Protocols Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Blanchette, James Use of Ischemic Preconditioning to Enhance Islet Engraftment Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
LIU, CHUNYANG Comprehensive Study on the Coupling Effects between Mechanical and Hydraulic Behavior of Multiphase Porous Media by Using SPH and DEM Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Shazly, Tarek Decoupling the active and passive mechanics of vascular tissue Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Tarbutton, Joshua Additive Manufacturing for Precision Engineering Applications Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Uline, Mark Molecular Modeling of Divalent Cation Interactions with Monolayers of Surface-Bound Single-Stranded DNA Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Wang, Xiaofeng Condition-Based Control of Resilient Networked Systems Electrical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Yu, Miao Nano-Channel Enhanced Composite Membranes to Achieve a 20,000 GPU CO2 Permeance for Carbon Capture Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Gavigan, Karen ASPIRE-ing to Prevent HIV/AIDS: A Graphic Novel Intervention for South Carolina Teens Library & Information Sciences, School of Mass Communications & Information Studies, College of
Ai, Walden Adapting the pre-metastatic niche model to study asthma Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Medicine, School of
Kelly, Michele Intramolecular Signals Controlling Phosphodiesterase 11A (PDE11A) Function in Brain Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience Medicine, School of
Robinson, Cory AN INFANT MOUSE MODEL OF ELEVATED INTERLEUKIN-27 PRODUCTION Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Medicine, School of
Lu, Kevin Diabetes and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer:
A Retrospective Cohort Study among the Veteran Affairs Population
Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Zhu, Jun Environmental enrichment and vulnerability to nicotine dependence Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Blake, Christine Using a novel experimental approach with eye tracking to examine how different front-of-package labels influence parents selection of foods and beverages for their children Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Public Health, Arnold School of
CHATTERJEE, SAURABH Epigenetic Modulations in Resveratrol-mediated Therapeutic Effects in Environmental Linked-Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis of Obesity Environmental Health Sciences Public Health, Arnold School of
Den Ouden, Dirk-Bart Cortical stimulation of verb-argument-structure processing Communication Sciences & Disorders Public Health, Arnold School of
Kaczynski, Andrew Neighborhood Physical and Social Environment and Residents'  Physical Activity Patterns Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Public Health, Arnold School of
Newman-Norlund, Roger Creation of a Web-Based Research Tool for Studying Social-Motor Impairments in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Exercise Science Public Health, Arnold School of
Sui, Xuemei A feasibility study of using automated feedback to enhance physical activity and dietary self-management behaviors to promote weight loss in a healthcare setting Exercise Science Public Health, Arnold School of
Andrews, Christina Assessing the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Access to Substance Abuse Treatment for Medicaid-Insured Americans
Social Work, College of Social Work, College of
Boyd, Kate Bringing the South Carolina Encyclopedia Online University Libraries University Libraries
Vieyra, Michelle Getting Everyone Involved: Identifying the Obstacles to Participation of Minorities in Undergraduate Research Experiences USC Aiken USC Aiken
Cai, Li Immuno-Targeting of Breast Cancer Cells with Human Natural Antibodies USC Salkehatchie USC Salkehatchie

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 Investigator Title Department College
Chen, Mengqian Regulation of Androgen Receptor Function by Transcription Regulating Kinases CDK8 and CDK19 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Hegde, Venkatesh Cannabidiol and immunosuppression: Studies on mechanism of induction and role of myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Medicine, School of
King, Adam Refining the Middle Savannah River Valley Hollywood Phase Chronology Using Sequence Analysis Archaeology & Anthropology, SC Institute of Arts and Sciences, College of
Norris, Carol LeAnn A Comparative Study of Rixutimab-associated
Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)
Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Pharmacy, SC College 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 Investigator Title Department College
Carson, James Cachexia in ApcMIN/+ mice: The role of IL-6 (ASPIRE I) Exercise Science Public Health, Arnold School of
Connolly, Erin ASPIRE I (Track III) Proposal: Integrating Cellular Iron Homeostasis Mechanisms Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Outten, Franklin ASPIRE I: Characterization of an essential iron cofactor biosynthesis pathway from Mycobacterium tuberculosis Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Stratmann, Johannes Negative regulation of MAP kinases in plant responses to herbivory Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Zhang, Jiajia Innovative Spatio-temporal Survival Models Allowing Crossing Survival Epidemiology and Biostatistics Public Health, Arnold School 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 Investigator Title Department College
Hebert, Thomas High-Achieving University Students from Low-Income Backgrounds Educational Studies, Department of Education, College of
Matthews, Michael Interactions of Collagen Matrix Materials with Near- and Super-Critical Solvents Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Mueller, Agnes Aspire I -- Track IV: Legacies of Despair and Hope (Book)  Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Arts and Sciences, College of
Osokina, Elena The Hammer and the Icon: Soviet Sales of Religious Art to the United States under Stalin History Arts and Sciences, College of
Patel, Rekha Investigation of molecular mechanisms involved in dystonia 16 Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Petkov, Georgi Physiological role of Kv channels in human urinary bladder smooth muscle Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Pittman, Douglas Development of a novel high throughput in vivo assay to discover inhibitors that block protein-protein interactions Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Reisman, David p53-HIV Tat interactions that inhibit p53 function Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Waldman, Alan The Influence of Progerin on DNA Transactions Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Yankovsky, Alexander Preliminary sampling and scaling of the buoyant plume originating from melting iceberg in the Labrador Sea Earth and Ocean Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Yoon, Yeomin Preliminary Evaluation of Sonocatalytic Degradation Coupled with Carbon Nanotubes for Removal of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds, Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care Products Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering & Computing, 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 Investigator Title Department College
Dr. Angela Dorothea Liese Positioning USC for National Prominence in Food Security and Food Access Research Epidemiology & Biostatistics Public Health, Arnold School of
Dr. Colin F Wilder Dirty History Metacrawler University Libraries University Libraries
Dr. Fanglin Chen ASPIRE-II: Design and Discovery of Novel Electrode Materials for Reversible Solid Oxide Cells Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Dr. John R. Monnier Design, preparation, and evaluation of improved catalysts for direct hydrochlorination of acetylene to vinyl chloride monomer Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Dr. Ronit Elk A Community-Generated Palliative Care Telemedicine Consult Program for Rural Black Elders: A Feasibility Study Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Troy M Herter Coupling Robotic Assessment with Gaze Tracking to Assess Action Selection Following Stroke - ASPIRE II Exercise Science Public Health, Arnold 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 Investigator Title Department College
Charles Bennett Databases to Strengthen Pharmacovigilance Research and Teaching Efforts for Faculty in Pharmacy, Medicine, and Public Health Pharmacy - (Dean) Pharmacy, SC College of
Dr. Beth Allyn Krizek Acquisition of Instrumentation for Quantitative Biomolecular Imaging Biological Sciences Arts and Sciences, College of
Dr. Campbell McInnes, PhD Mass Directed Automated Preparative Scale HPLC Purification System Resubmission of ASPIRE III proposal from 2/12/2012 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy, SC College of
Dr. Harry J Ploehn Ferroelectric Characterization of Materials for Energy Storage, Radiation Detection, and Power Electronics Chemical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Dr. John Gerdes, Jr. 3-D Modeling Service Bureau Integrated Information Technology Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management, College of
Dr. Mark Garrett Cooper A Small-Gauge High-Resolution Film Scanner for Moving Image Research Collections English Arts and Sciences, College of
Dr. Prasun Kanti Majumdar In-Situ Thermal Imaging of Manufacturing of Heterogeneous Materials and Their Multi-Physical Response Mechanical Engineering Engineering & Computing, College of
Professor Thomas Michael Makris Acquisition of Applied Photophysics Stopped Flow Spectrometer Chemistry & Biochemistry Arts and Sciences, College of
Robert L Price and Jay Potts Acquisition of a LI-COR Odyssey CLx Infrared Imaging System for the USC Instrumentation Resource Facility Cell Biology & Anatomy Medicine, School of

ASPIRE-III (Infrastructure) Guidelines

 

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