Furman University is one of four PUIs in South Carolina supported by a $20M,  5-year cooperative agreement from NSF’s Research Infrastructure Improvement initiative (NSF-RII) to establish a statewide alliance in the field of tissue biofabrication. The primary goal of this program is to encourage the development of a three-dimensional vascular tree that can support the ultimate construction of artificial human organs. All areas that contribute to that end goal are appropriate for inclusion in the project (e.g., biomaterials, surface science, measurements in biological matrices, developmental biology, computer modeling, ethics, etc.).

Furman has received approximately $190,000/year in direct costs through June 2015 in support of this effort applied to a variety of programs, including (1) support of new faculty (CS and CHM); (2) support of new staff (Dr. John Kaup, Coordinator of Science Education); (3) support of postdoctoral faculty to work with Furman investigators on our campus; (4) support for new capital equipment and (5) support of summer research packages for faculty and students. The program is administered through Furman’s Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences, and Dr. John Wheeler serves as Project Director, assisted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with external oversight including the state Project Director (Dr. Scott Little), South Carolina PI, (Dr. Roger Markwald), and a statewide scientific advisory panel.​

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