What has been awarded

The South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA program offers various funding opportunities. Below is a partial list of awards in the past few years.


Grants for Exploratory Academic Research (GEAR)

The goal of the GEAR Program is to encourage faculty researchers at SC colleges and universities to compete effectively for research funding to support the thrust-based research clusters associated with our NSF Track 1-Award, MADE in SC. You do not need to be a member of Track-1 to apply for this grant.


GEAR Collaborative Research Program (GEAR CRP)

The goal of the GEAR CRP is to encourage faculty researchers to build collaborative CRU/PUI academic research teams that will compete effectively for research funding. GEAR CRP grants will be awarded to build and enhance the network of scientists in the state that will develop thrust-based research clusters associated with our Track 1-Award, MADE in SC. You do not need to be a member of Track-1 to apply for this grant.


Phase-0 Program Solicitation

The SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program announces the continuation of the Phase-0 program to provide seed grants to small businesses seeking Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) support.


REU Program Solicitation

The SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program aims to increase undergraduate research participation in ongoing research during the academic year and/or the summer. The funding for the REU program is intended to support student stipends, materials and supplies, and travel support for undergraduate students.


Scientific Advocate Network Program (SAN)

The Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) program aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the pipeline of Under Represented Minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities pursuing and completing STEM degrees.


Stimulus Research Program

Track-2 applications require significant planning, incorporating collaboration across multiple EPSCoR jurisdictions and often across multiple research and undergraduate institutions within the state. SC EPSCoR/IDeA State Office will make available awards to provide accessible seed funding for project teams to enhance the development of their submissions.


NSF RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

NSF released the new EPSCoR Track-2 Solicitation for the current funding year. While the format remains essentially the same, the single topic area to be supported this year is “Understanding the Relationship between Genome and Phenome.” More