Funding Opportunities

The South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA program offers various funding opportunities. Find additional information below.


NEW! Grants for Exploratory Academic Research (GEAR)

The goal of the GEAR Program is to encourage faculty researchers at South Carolina 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. More


NEW! 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. More


NSF RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations
Letter of Intent due Monday, November 27, 2017

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


Stimulus Research ProgramCurrently Closed

The mission of SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, training capacity, and competitiveness in South Carolina. The new Stimulus Research Program aims to strengthen the research capacity and research competitiveness of South Carolina institutions through collaboration and inclusion. More


Phase-0 Program SolicitationCurrently Closed

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. More


REU Program SolicitationCurrently Closed

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. More