Blue Sky Award

The MUSC Office of the Vice President for Research in partnership with the Office of Innovation invites applications for promising high-risk research that tackles big problems in medicine and science. The Blue Sky Award (BSA) will provide support for highly creative faculty with a track record of outstanding success with the opportunity to test the feasibility of their “grand idea” and prepare that idea for an application for extramural funding. The goal is to foster high-payoff work that promises to be transformational but for which other funding sources are limited.


Successful proposals should include:

  • At least two NIH-funded MUSC principal investigators (PIs), from different colleges to work at the interface of disciplines.
  • Creative thinking and innovative processes are needed to address complex problems with the potential for high-impact findings.
  • All types of research-basic, translational, and/or clinical- from investigators at all faculty ranks are eligible.
  • Incorporation of Artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning in the research plan is encouraged.

To learn more about the Blue Sky Award Program please contact Wanda Pierce.