NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina
MADE in SC is supported by the National Science Foundation Award #OIA-1655740.
Despite noteworthy progress in the fabrication of large-area graphene sheet-like nanomaterials, the vapor-based processing still requires sophisticated equipment and a multistage handling of the material. A straightforward and technology-friendly dip-coating method to produce highly conductive (up to 104 S/cm) and transparent (~ 90%) reduced GO (rGO) monolayers and bi-layers has been developed and demonstrated. Moreover, the method of deposition is environmentally friendly and does not involve toxic organic solvents, and it can utilize conventional industrial equipment and be employed for the manufacturing of rGO-based conductive films on different substrates. Read more
SC EPSCoR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Phase-0 Program Awards. The Phase-0 Program provides $6,000 seed grants to small businesses seeking funding for their innovative ideas from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This year's recipients are:
KnewTek™, LLC (PI: Mr. Thomas Riley): KnewTek is a start-up company located in Greenwood, SC, which is committed to the development of reliable alert notification systems to enhance the safety of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. KnewTek is working on several products for this purpose, which leverage digital technology to alert users of environmental threats.
KRyanCreative, LLC (PI: Mr. Kenneth Ryan): KRyanCreative, LLC is a seed-stage, start-up company focusing on matching innovative solutions to national problems. The company is an incubator for the founder's vision of a comprehensive, broad reach enterprise that nurtures innovation, encourages creativity, and advocates education as an enabler for personal, community, and societal success.
Micro-Sep, LLC (PI: Dr. Qian Wang): MicroSep LLC is a seed-stage research and development company founded in 2016 to develop commercially viable nanobiotechnology products.
Sai Global Technologies (SGT) (PI: Dr. Sriparna Bhattacharya): SGT is a minority, technology-based company. It aims to become a global leader in the production, processing, and applications of nanomaterials by providing quality, timely, cost effective and value driven solutions. SGT's diversified technology portfolio includes nanomaterials for defense, manufacturing, aerospace, water treatment, and energy applications.
Dr. Ge Tao’s lab at MUSC is dedicated to unveiling the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying myocardial homeostasis, injury, and repair. Over the past 5 years, Tao and his colleagues have been focusing on identifying what the young mammalian hearts have and the adult hearts don’t with the hopes of understanding how developmental pathways are connected to adult heart regeneration and providing novel strategies for treating heart failure caused by myocardial infarction.
As the cell biologist in the Thrust 3 team, Tao’s role also includes testing the interaction between cultured cells and biomaterials. The information obtained will provide guidelines for future design of biomaterials. Read More
News, Opportunities and Deadlines
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Currently, there are 43 active awards in our state. FULL PROPOSALS DUE NEXT WEEK: July 18 (BIO, CISE, EHR), July 19 (ENG), July 20 (GEO, MPS, SBE)
SBIR/STTR Workshop: Learn the aspects of writing a Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant. July 23, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Registration is free.
SC INBRE invites all to attend their annual state-wide 2018 Science Symposium, Aug 10, 9 am to 4 pm. Free event includes biomedical and bioinformatics researchers student posters and networking lunch. Learn about SC INBRE's funding programs. Registration closes July 30. JUDGES NEEDED! No experience necessary. See website for more info.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU): Supports active research participation by undergrad students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. There are currently 11 active REU sites in South Carolina. Full proposal due Aug 22.
USDA NIFAInnovations at the Nexus (IN) of Food, Energy, and Water (FEW): Goal of INFEWS is to catalyze interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus. Interagency cooperation allows NSF and USDA/NIFA to combine resources to fund projects that support their respective missions. Closing Date: Sept 26.