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Office of the Vice President for Research


Office of Research Honors Faculty with Two Service Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to honor faculty members who have steadfastly supported our programs with two awards, the Distinguished Research Service Award and the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

UofSC System Faculty Members Receive 2019 RISE Research Grants

The Office of the Vice President is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the RISE--Research Initiative for Summer Engagement--grant awards. The RISE program funds meritorious summer research projects by faculty members working at UofSC system campuses and Palmetto College.

The University of South Carolina Continues to Rank Among the Nation's Most Elite Research Institutions

The University of South Carolina has retained its top "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation in the 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Only 130 universities, including Harvard and Stanford, share this elite designation.

2018-2019 SPARC Grants Fund Meritorious Graduate Student Research Projects

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research offers graduate students in all areas of study a unique opportunity to compete for grants of up to $5,000 to fund research, scholarly and creative projects. This academic year, 57 students from eight different academic units will receive SPARC grants.

The Office of Research Recognizes the 2019 Class of Breakthrough Award Recipients

From engineering to art, these outstanding researchers perform at the highest level and make big impacts on the University of South Carolina research and scholarly community.

Prakash Nagarkatti Elected to the National Academy of Inventors

The Vice President for Research and Carolina Distinguished Professor is the first ever National Academy of Inventors Fellow at the University of South Carolina.

Sign Up to Serve on a Review Committee for an Office of Research Program

The Office of the Vice President relies on faculty members throughout the USC System to serve as reviewers for our internal funding and awards programs for faculty and students. Serving on a review committee is a great way to support the USC research community and keep our internal funding and award programs vital and strong.

Office of Research Seeks 2019 Breakthrough Award Nominations

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominations for our three signature Breakthrough award programs: Breakthrough Leadership in Research, Breakthrough Stars and Breakthrough Graduate Scholars. All nominations for these programs are due by Friday, October 26, 2018.

USC Celebrates Fourth Consecutive Year of Record-Setting Research Activity and Sponsored Awards Funding

Consistent increases in extramural funding at South Carolina's flagship university have been boosted by internal investment in new lines of research and shared infrastructure, incentivization of interdisciplinary collaboration and recruitment of outstanding faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.

NIH Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation Receives $10 million Phase Two Grant

This new round of funding will support five more years of work at the multi-disciplinary center, which conducts cutting-edge research on regulating inflammation to treat autoimmune disorders.

Office of Research Offers Grant Basics Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to a special Grant Writing Basics Workshop on Wednesday, September 19. The workshop includes an overview of strategies for grant writing and budget development, followed by a panel discussion featuring past SPARC and ASPIRE I, Track II-B reviewers.

2018 SPARC Graduate Research Grant Workshops Begin August 30

The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting SPARC Grant applications until Wednesday, October 10. SPARC applicants are required to attend a SPARC application workshop, which will be offered four times beginning on Thursday, August 30.

2018 Summer Research Symposium Highlights Undergraduate Scholarship

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to invite undergraduate students working on summer research projects with USC faculty to share their work at the 2018 Summer Research Symposium on Friday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Thomas Cooper Library's Hollings Program Room.

Undergraduate Students are Invited to Office of Research Summer Workshop Series

We invite all undergraduate research students to join us for Research: Next Steps to Success, a series of professional development workshops led by USC faculty and staff throughout the summer.

Apply today for the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Award for Junior Tenure-Track Biomedical Researchers

USC is one of only 177 institutions invited to submit an application for the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Award, which provides $300,000 over four years to the selected assistant professor who shows outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Pre-proposal applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018.

2018 ASPIRE Grants Awarded to USC Faculty

The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to announce the results of our 2018 ASPIRE I, II and III internal research funding competitions. The office initiated the annual ASPIRE grant program in 2012 to fund promising research, and shared research infrastructure, to strengthen USC's competitiveness for external grants, and to increase research and scholarship throughout the USC System.

Discover USC Needs Your Help

Discover USC is seeking faculty, staff, postdocs and students to serve as reviewers/judges and volunteers at Discover USC on Friday, April 20. Sign up today--registration closes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6!

New Distinguished Research Service Award Honors Dedicated Faculty

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to honor 10 USC faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to USC's research community through service as reviewers and committee members for our internal funding and awards programs.

Office of Research Awards 2018 RISE Grants

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, or RISE grant awards. This year, 24 faculty researchers from USC's system campuses will receive RISE funding to support their summer research projects.

New Class of Graduate Students Will Receive 2017-2018 SPARC Grants

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research offers a competitive research grant program for graduate students from all areas of study. This academic year, 54 students from 10 different academic units will receive SPARC grants of up to $5,000.

Office of Research Honors 2018 Breakthrough Award Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to honor a new class of outstanding researchers with the 2018 Breakthrough Leadership in Research, Star and Graduate Scholar awards.

Making an Impact

USC's Office of the Vice President for Research has, since 2011, made major investments in the university's research community at every level. Funding programs for student and faculty research have contributed to big gains in Carolina's competitiveness, and made impacts on the development of individuals along the way.

USC Postdocs Band Together

In 2014, USC's postdoctoral scholars joined together to form a new organization, the USC Postdoctoral Association. This group provides networking, professional development, social support and other opportunities for a campus community that might otherwise fall through the cracks.

Competing at the Highest Level

The USC faculty has broken its external funding records for three years in a row, garnering $253.6 million in sponsored awards in fiscal year 2017. Read about some of the notable research projects raising the bar and helping Carolina compete at the highest level.

Fall 2017 Breakthrough Magazine Highlights Opioid Research

Read about some of the most fascinating and timely research and scholarly activities happening at USC today, from projects addressing the opioid epidemic to a discussion on the legal implications of self-driving cars.


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