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Program to establish five new research institutes

The University of South Carolina is launching a new $10 million program to spur high-impact interdisciplinary research projects.

The Research Institutes Funding Program aims to establish five new start-up research institutes, with each receiving $500,000 in annual funding for up to four years. The funding will serve as a launchpad for pursuing prestigious funding opportunities offered by federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to establish national centers of research excellence.  

Funding through the new program is available to groups of at least three or more tenured and tenure-track faculty investigators working at the Columbia campus or at the schools of medicine in Columbia or Greenville.

Winning projects will be selected based on evaluations from a group of external reviewers. Additional criteria and application information can be found on the vice president for research’s site.  

In addition to funding support, the primary investigators leading the new institutes will receive guidance and mentorship from senior Carolina faculty members who have successfully funded and managed major federal research centers.

“The Research Institutes Funding Program has the potential to bring great work already being done to the next level,” said Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson. “In order to pursue large, high-impact awards more aggressively, we must create incentives for investigators to collaborate and work toward common research goals. This program provides that incentive.”

The Research Institutes Funding Program complements the new Excel awards announced last week, which will provide funding to faculty members in the social sciences, liberal arts and humanities.

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