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Office of the Vice President for Research


The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes our important responsibility to support the University of South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to serve faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and others through this time of uncertainty by offering timely, professional guidance and support for our vital research community.

Return to work guidance for research

The Office of the Vice President for Research, working with the Future Planning Group, has developed guidance for resuming research activities on campus. All researchers working in all settings should follow the guidelines to help ensure the safety of our vital UofSC research community. Review the university’s Return to Work Plan to see how research guidance fits into broader safety plans for returning to campus in summer-fall 2020.



COVID-19 faculty expertise and research

As part of our mission, the Office of the Vice President for Research is working to support faculty research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have compiled a list of faculty members with expertise relevant to COVID-19, and in May 2020, we funded the COVID-19 Research Initiative, which provided funding for 42 projects involving 82 faculty members from five campuses, eight colleges/schools and 29 different departments across the University of South Carolina.



Past research messages regarding COVID-19

The transition from normal operations to remote work came suddenly and required a great deal of immediate communication for all organizations across the country. The Office of the Vice President for Research was no exception, as we quickly posted guidance and details for remote research and cancellations for planned programming. We also launched a weekly newsletter, the Weekly Research Update, to keep researchers abreast of the latest COVID-19 related news. Visit our 2020 news page to browse all issues of the Weekly Research Update.

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