Enable Growth of Academic Research & Commercialization

SCRA works directly with academic institutions and affiliated startups - creating partnerships to advance research capabilities and commercialize technology. Grants provide financial assistance, while SCRA’s Innovation Centers offer collaborative spaces to advance research and commercialization.

Strategic Collaboration Agreement

SCRA, Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina and Clemson University have signed a strategic collaboration agreement that creates a framework for technology-based economic development in South Carolina. 

The agreement is aimed at aligning the state’s resources to accelerate the growth of the Innovation Economy. The academic community is the driver for increasing our state’s research capacity, which generates early-stage companies and, in turn, jobs.

The collaboration focuses on four key areas that will drive success and build upon the state’s strengths:

• Increase research funding via multi-institutional grants and other funding vehicles
• Create and advance early-stage, technology companies
• Increase total capital investment
• Encourage public-private partnerships to grow industry

The SCRA-Academia Collaboration Team will maintain inventories of applicable programs, resources and facilities throughout the state’s academic institutions. It will also communicate with industry representatives to identify their needs and will monitor market trends to discover areas of growth and innovation in three industries of focus: Life Sciences; Advanced Manufacturing & Materials; and Information Technology.


Support for Academic Institutions and Affiliated Startups

SCRA offers financial assistance, through our entrepreneurial program, SC Launch, in the form of grants and investments. Grant funding includes the Academic Start-up Assistance Program and SBIR/STTR matching. Learn more about the types of support and how to apply.

Types of Support
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Collaboration Team

Clemson University
Comprehensive Teaching Universities
Medical University of South Carolina
Technical College System
University of South Carolina

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