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Faculty Research Support Opportunities

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE): Created by the Office of the Vice President for Research (USC Columbia) to advance research and scholarly activities. More information (including details about different tracks of funding and all necessary forms) can be found here. 

Magellan Mentors: The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (USC Upstate) is offering a $3,000 incentive to faculty advisors whose students receive funding through the Magellan Scholars program. Please see the Magellan Scholars webpage for details, forms and important dates including deadlines and required workshops.

Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Fund: Created by the Office of the Vice President for Research (USC Columbia) to assist faculty of the senior campuses to enhance their research and scholarship activities, as well as to provide an opportunity for them to explore new areas of research/scholarship. Click here for more information. 

Scholarly Course Reallocation Program: Increase a faculty member’s research, scholarly or creative productivity by reducing their course load for a semester by one course. This program will award up to $2,500 to the faculty member’s department to hire an adjunct instructor who will teach the course that the faculty member would have been teaching. All full-time USC Upstate faculty members are eligible to apply for this program. A faculty member can only be awarded one course release per academic year through this program. Click here to view the complete program details. Apply Now! 

Scholarly Start-Up Package: Provide initial momentum to a faculty member’s research, scholarly or creative productivity with a $5,000 startup package. Only tenure-track hires in their first and second years are eligible to apply. Click here to view the complete program details. Apply Now!

Teaching and Productivity Scholarship (TAPS) Fund: The purpose of the USC Upstate Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship, including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development, and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects will support the scholarship process with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects which require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.TAPS awards are coordinated by the Teaching and Excellence Committee (TEC). Please visit the TEC website for more details.

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Director of Research
Dr. Melissa Pilgrim

Melissa Pilgrim


Contact Us
mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu
Admin Building, Room 222A
Phone: (864) 503-5457