In 2017, Furman University joined 7 other SC institutions in a $20M, 5-year cooperative agreement from NSF’s Research Infrastructure Improvement initiative (NSF-RII) to become a national leader in Materials Assembly and Design.  This program will provide nearly ~$1.3M in support of capital equipment, summer research packages for faculty (20 awards) and students (58), and K-12 statewide engagement (as facilitated by Furman’s Director of Science Education; John Kaup).

Previous NSF-RII support:  In 2008, Furman University was one of four PUIs in South Carolina supported by a $20M, multi-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 goals of this program were to encourage the development of a three-dimensional vascular tree that can support the ultimate construction of artificial human organs. Furman 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, Director 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 (34 awards) and students (54). The program was administered through Furman’s Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences with Dr. John Wheeler serving as Project Director.  As part of this cooperative agreement, OIRS Director of Science Education (Dr. John Kaup) served as the SC EPSCoR Outreach Coordinator (linking the work of this cooperative work with the K-12 community throughout the state) and provided educational outreach (2015-2018) for a Track II award (Bridging Cognitive Science and Neuroscience Using Innovative Imaging Technologies) managed by Dr. Prakash Kara (MUSC, Department of Neurosciences).

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