GEAR and GEAR-CRP Frequently Asked Questions

Is the PI role limited to faculty members from CRUs?
No. A faculty member from any South Carolina college or university can serve as the PI.

Why are the proposal topics limited to the list at the bottom of the solicitation?
These are the research activities that are required to meet the porject goals and objectives of the MADE in SC project.

Can I apply for the GEAR and GEAR CRP?
Yes, a PI can submit a proposal for the GEAR and another proposal for GEAR CRP programs.

I plan to apply for GEAR CRP, does the collaborating institution have to be a MADE in SC Track-1 institution?
No. The collaborating institution does not have to be a MADE in SC Track-1 institution. Collaborations can be with any South Carolina college or university but must be able to contribute to the MADE in SC project.

Solicitation says that highest preference is for proposals that integrate modeling/simulations with experiments. As a single PI applying for GEAR, I dont have specialty in modeling or similation, can I include a collaborator with expertise in modeling or simulation in my proposal? Can she be a Co-PI?
You may include a collaborator on your proposal. However, the GEAR program does not permit Co-PIs. (GEAR was proposed to NSF as a single PI program)

Is there a limit to the number of proposals a single PI can submit for the GEAR and GEAR CRP?
No.

How do I submit my proposal?
All proposals must be submitted via the SC EPSCoR Proposal Submission Portal.

What is the anticipated project start date for GEAR and GEAR CRP?
The anticipated project start date for GEAR and GEAR CRP is Monday, April 16, 2018. Please note this date is subject to change.

How can I find other faculty to collaborate with?
The SC EPSCoR website has a link to the Faculty Research Expertise Profiles at Research Expertise Profiles.

Who is going to review the proposals?
All proposals will be reviewed by experts in the field from outside South Carolina. At the conclusion of the review process, PIs will receive copies of the external reviews.

Can we include a support letter from industry in the proposal?
No. Letters of support are not allowed.