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USC/ASPH Boilerplate

UofSC/Arnold School Basic “Boilerplate” Information for Sponsored Award Proposals

The following includes ‘boilerplate’ (basic) information about the University of South Carolina (UofSC) and the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH):

  • Use only what you need. Include only the information that is pertinent to your proposal (not the whole thing). Note that there is some information overlap between sections.
  • Be sure to add specific department, lab, equipment, and collaboration information as needed for your proposal and edit out what is not relevant to it.
  • Other UofSC units and external institutions/organizations should be able to supply you with their R&E information upon request.

Updated Fall 2020

The Univeristy

The University of South Carolina (UofSC) was established in 1801 and is a full-service, state-assisted research university that includes the 358-acre Columbia campus and seven regional campuses, with a total full-time student body population of more than 50,000. Located in the capital city of Columbia in the geographic center of the state, UofSC's main campus is part of a thriving metropolitan area of more than 800,000 inhabitants. UofSC offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities with 14 colleges and schools that encompass 311 undergraduate and graduate degree-granting programs. UofSC confers 25% of all bachelors, graduate, and professional degrees awarded at institutions of higher education in South Carolina.

UofSC Research Capacity. In fiscal year 2020, UofSC was awarded nearly $280 million in extramural sponsored award funding, 57% percent of which was for research. UofSC is listed in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as one of the Very High Research Activity universities. The University provides researchers with a full range of grant and contract-related services through its Sponsored Awards Management and Grants and Funds Management offices. UofSC’s Office of Research Compliance oversees the institutional review processes for human and animal subjects as well as disclosure and management of financial conflicts of interest, and it assists with scientific misconduct regulation and export controls.

The SC SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence program was established by the state's General Assembly in 2002 with $180 million of non-tax revenue funds generated from the South Carolina Education Lottery. These funds, along with legislatively mandated dollar-for-dollar matching non-state funds, provide support for hiring world-class researchers who serve as the endowed chairs of the SmartState Centers. The 51 Centers are grouped into six industry-focused Smart Clusters to facilitate engagement with business, students, potential faculty, and the public. Each Center includes one or more endowed chair, research infrastructure, technical staff, and sustainable funding sources. UofSC is home to 26 SmartState Centers, including 18 that are headquartered at UofSC's Columbia campus and eight, located at the Medical University of SC and Clemson University, in which UofSC is an active research collaborator working with other SC research institutions.

UofSC Libraries. Thomas Cooper, the University’s main library, is centrally located on the Columbia campus, and the School of Medicine library is a 15-minute drive from central campus. Both libraries maintain an extensive collection of health-related resources, including books, journals, and indices. Access to online databases and full-text journals is available through the Thomas Cooper Library Web page.

UofSC’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT), under the direction of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, oversees centralized and distributed computing and telecommunications services for academic, research, and administrative use to meet the needs of UofSC faculty, staff, and students. DoIT provides the UofSC community with computing, voice, and data communications, networking, data security, video transport, information technology training, Web services, customer support, desktop and server support, installation and maintenance of IT infrastructure, policies and procedures assistance, PC labs, software licensing and distribution, IT planning, applications development and support, and operational systems. The Columbia campus is covered by wireless service. UofSC has a licensing agreement with Microsoft that includes 5TB of secure cloud storage space for every faculty and staff member on OneDrive. Microsoft has signed legal agreements with the University that hold them liable for the security and protection of data stored on OneDrive.  OneDrive provides UofSC researchers with the capability to share data and results with external partners by emailing them a link to securely download the data.

The School

The Arnold School of Public Health The Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) was founded in 1975 and has an enrollment of more than 3,100 students majoring in public health, including 774 graduate students and 2,389 undergraduates, in 29 bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs that prepare graduates for work primarily in health agencies, academic institutions, community organizations, and hospitals. The School employs 138 tenure, research, and clinical track and 19 instructional faculty members. Based at UofSC's main campus in Columbia, ASPH is one of 63 US schools of public health fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is accredited through 2024.

In partnership with Prisma Health and the UofSC School of Medicine-Greenville, ASPH has established a satellite campus in Greenville, SC where it is establishing clinically-relevant research programs and is developing a long-term plan for future expansion to include interdisciplinary graduate degree options that combine public health with clinical medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health disciplines.

The School’s major goal is to improve public health status by preventing health hazards and by promoting improved health services through its research, education, and service programs. Its mission is to expand, disseminate, and apply the body of knowledge regarding prevention of disease, disability, and environmental degradation, and to promote health and well-being in diverse populations as well as the provision of effective, efficient, and equitable health services.

Arnold School Degree Programs. ASPH offers programs of study at the doctoral, masters, and bachelors levels.  Doctoral degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in seven disciplines and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).  Master’s degrees include Master of Public Health (MPH) in five disciplines, MS or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in five disciplines, Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Speech Pathology (MSP), and Master of Communication Disorders (MCD).  Several of these programs are also offered as part of dual degree programs. The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual degree (MSW/MPH) is offered in cooperation with the College of Social Work with an MPH major of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior or Health Services Policy and Management. The Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Health dual degree (MPA/MPH) is offered in cooperation with the Department of Political Science with an MPH in Health Services Policy and Management. Three baccalaureate programs include the BS in Exercise Science and both BA and BS programs in Public Health.  In addition, the School offers three certificates of graduate study: global public health, aging, health communications, and environmental nanoscience & risk. The certificate in health communications is administered in collaboration with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science. While the School is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the DPT, MHA, speech-language pathology, and athletic training programs are accredited by their respective professional groups.

Arnold School Computing Resources. The School maintains numerous computer systems spanning seven sites and includes 32 virtual servers, two student computer labs with 46 workstations, and more than 800 individual faculty, staff, and research computer systems. Five full-time information resource consultants manage and maintain the School's computing resources. ASPH on the Columbia campus is covered by wireless service.

Arnold School Computing Security and Capacity. The School’s datacenter is key-access only by the School’s IT staff members and Dean of the School. The server infrastructure is primarily run on 3 Dell PowerEdge R720 servers, each with dual 8-core processors and 128GB of memory each that run VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5 software. The virtual servers are stored on a 232 TB Dell SCv3000 SAN (Storage Area Network) running a RAID10 array for redundancy. The datacenter also houses five additional physical servers. All of the servers have APC battery backup power supplies and gigabit Ethernet connections. The datacenter has full generator backup power and redundant cooling systems. Full encrypted data backups are run to an off-site SAN located in a secure, locked facility each weekend, and incremental backups are captured Monday-Friday evenings. Network shares for users are created via a Distributed File System in Windows Server and are access-controlled via user groups containing unique IDs that require complex passwords.

{See the UofSC Office of Information Technology (DoIT) section above for additional information about UofSC-level computing security and capacity}

Arnold School Academic Departments. ASPH is the home of six academic departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Exercise Science; Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; and Health Services Policy and Management.

Arnold School Interdisciplinary Research Centers.  In addition to its six academic departments, ASPH houses multiple interdisciplinary research centers, including the Community Health Worker Institute; the Cancer Prevention and Control Program; the Nutrition Consortium; the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center; the CDC-funded Disability Research and Dissemination Center; the Office for the Study of Aging; the NIH-funded Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions; the NIH-funded Big Data Health Science Center, and the HRSA-funded Rural and Minority Health Research Center.

Arnold School SmartState Centers. The Arnold School is home to five SmartState endowed chairs who lead Centers of Economic Excellence within the School that focus on environmental nanotechnology (Environmental Nanoscience and Risk), stroke and intellectual aging (SeniorSMART™- Memory and Brain Function), healthy lifestyles supported by technology (Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles - TecHealth), improved orthopedic outcomes (CERortho), and translational clinical research (Center for Healthcare Quality). The Centers involve post-doctoral scholars as well as graduate and undergraduate students in their innovative, cutting-edge research activities.

Arnold School Faculty Offices. Each faculty member has a private office with a printer and personal computer with Microsoft Office and additional software relevant to his or her teaching and research, Internet access, telephone, and general office support. Faculty members are furnished with additional office and laboratory space as needed for project support. 

Arnold School Research Capacity. ASPH Office of Research staff members assist faculty and departmental staff with proposal development and post-award related activities that promote and support efforts to increase grant and contract funding to the School. The Office serves as liaison to UofSC's Sponsored Awards Management office, which reviews and signs off on all grant and contract proposals prior to submission. In fiscal year 2020, ASPH principal investigators submitted $88 million in first/next year proposal requests and were awarded more than $33.5 million in extramural funding, including $29 million in research awards from both federal and non-federal sources. ASPH investigators were awarded nearly $20 million from the National Institutes of Health and $6.5 million from other Health and Human Services agencies. In addition, ASPH faculty members published more than 640 articles in peer-reviewed research journals during the 2019 calendar year.

Intra-University Collaboration. The Arnold School closely collaborates with the five other schools and colleges of health-related professions that form UofSC’s Health Sciences Division, including the School of Medicine-Columbia, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy College of Social Work, and the more recently established School of Medicine-Greenville, which was fully accredited in 2015. Investigators from these academic units are actively involved in interdisciplinary research, training, community engagement, and service activities with Arnold School faculty members.

Federal Funding to UofSC and the Arnold School. The University of South Carolina received $167 million in federal grant and contract awards, or 60% of its total sponsored award funding from all extramural sources in fiscal year 2020. UofSC’s Arnold School of Public Health received nearly $29.4 million in federal awards, 88% of its total sponsored award funding. More than half (67%) of federal grant and contract funding to the Arnold School comes from NIH, followed by funding from other federal agencies, including AHRQ, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, HHS-Other, DOD, DOJ, NASA, NOAA, NSF, USDA, USDE, and the VA.

Health Sciences South Carolina. (HSSC) was founded in 2004 as the nation's first statewide health data and research collaborative whose mission is to transform South Carolina's public health and economic well-being through research. Its members include the state’s largest research-intensive universities (the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Clemson University) and the state’s largest healthcare systems (AnMed Health, McLeod Health, MUSC Health, Prisma Health, Self Regional Healthcare, and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System). HSSC also provides financial support to South Carolina’s SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence that are led by world-class researchers. Research conducted in these centers is leading to new products and services with the potential to improve public health while creating economic development opportunities and new jobs in the state.

The Discovery I building, located in the heart of UofSC’s 500-acre Innovista research district, is a 115,846 square foot LEED certified structure that is home to research labs, academic offices, and centers and institutes. Fully open for occupancy in January 2014, Discovery I houses the  Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Services Policy and Management, and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior as well as offices and research space for the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Environmental Health Sciences, and Psychology. Also located in the building are the ASPH Office of Research; the Office of Information Technology, which staffs  a  34-station computer lab; the Office of Development and Alumni Relations; the Web Development and Communications office; the Cancer Prevention and Control Program; Columbia’s Cooking! an experiential learning kitchen; the Office for the Study of Aging; the Disability Research and Dissemination Center that includes the Coordinating Center for Research to Promote the Health of Children with Birth Defects and People with Developmental and Other Disabilities; the Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC); the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (CSTAR); the SmartBrain division of the SeniorSMART Center; the SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality; the SmartState Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho); and the SmartState Technology Center for Promoting Healthful Lifestyles (TecHealth).

The Public Health Research Center (PHRC), the second main ASPH building, is located within a block of Discovery I and is a 104,580 square foot LEED-certified  building.  Constructed in 2006, the PHRC houses offices and laboratories of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Exercise Science, the Center for Environmental NanoScience and Risk, the Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions; and the Prevention Research Center. The Arnold School Dean’s administrative offices, including Academic Affairs and Graduate and Undergraduate Student Services, also are located in the PHRC.

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