Academic Innovations 2019-11-15T13:59:58+00:00

ACADEMIC INNOVATIONS: COLLABORATING TO ADVANCE ACADEMIC RESEARCH

SCRA works directly with academic institutions and affiliated startups – creating opportunities to advance research capabilities and commercialize technology.

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“It is because of SCRA that KIYATEC is the company we are today – Cutting edge technology, attracting national attention, creating a better future for cancer patients. All of that right here in South Carolina.”

Matt Gevaert
CEO, KIYATEC

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WHAT WE DO

Support startups & entrepreneurs with academic affiliation

Invest in shared infrastructure, equipment & pilot projects

Provide grant services for research, product demonstrations & prototyping

Establish and grow research alliances

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FUNDING FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS

SCRA works with industry to identify market trends and validate the commercial relevance of academic research that it funds. SCRA offers grants to advance technologies or enable academic engagement with industry.

SACT GRANTS

What: Technology-Enabled Solutions for Population Health and Industry neXt Feasibility Grants
Who: SC Higher Education Institutions
When: Solicitation period closed
Amount: up to $100,000

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SBIR/STTR MATCHING GRANTS

Who: Federal Phase 1 Recipients
When: On a rolling basis
Amount: Up to $50,000
Why: To address critical gaps to obtaining Federal Phase II Funding

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ASAP GRANTS

Who: Academic Startups
When: On a rolling basis
Amount: Up to $25,000
Why: To develop technology and further research efforts

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MATURATION & PROTOTYPING GRANTS

What: Maturation Fund & Prototyping Matching Grant

Who: SC Higher Education Institutions
When: FY20 Solicitation now open
Amount: up to $15,000
Why: To augment an academic institution’s maturation and prototyping funds

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STRATEGIC COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

SCRA, Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina and Clemson University have executed 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.

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RESEARCH ALLIANCES

The SACT announced nearly $600,000 in feasibility grants for six projects. The awards encourage collaboration between academic institutions and industry partners to advance commercially relevant research and establish the feasibility of the formation of Research Alliances. These Research Alliances will be founded for those areas demonstrating a critical mass of talent, infrastructure, financial resources, intellectual property and industry in South Carolina.

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SCRA Research Alliance

ACADEMIC INNOVATIONS TEAM

Christine Thiesing
Christine Thiesing
Director of Academic Programs
Kella Player
Kella Player
Program Manager
Lauren Hoffman
Lauren Hoffman
Program Administrator
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