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Health Sciences South Carolina

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), a collaborative effort connecting the largest healthcare organizations in the state, develops and deploys health information management tools in conjunction with SCTR that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its members’ research processes and healthcare delivery.

SmartState Program

The SmartState® Program was established by the SC legislature to support the development and commercialization of new ideas and technologies. MUSC has been awarded 27 SmartState® Centers in biomedical sciences and healthcare technologies.  MUSC's centers focus on biomedical and pharmaceutical research.


The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) are federal-state-university partnerships designed to build the state’s research infrastructure; infuse research into education; provide opportunities for diverse groups of institutions, students, faculty and disciplines in science and technology; and increase collaboration among key stakeholders of the state’s science and technology enterprise.

South Carolina Research Authority

The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), a nonprofit contract R&D organization established to grow South Carolina’s knowledge economy, is a significant commercialization support for businesses.  In partnership with the state’s three research universities, SCRA has established a network of Innovation Centers and Launch Zones to assist startup and existing businesses with commercializing new technologies.







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