COLLABORATING TO ADVANCE ACADEMIC RESEARCH
SCRA works directly with academic institutions and affiliated startups – creating opportunities to advance research capabilities and commercialize technology.
“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.”
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
Learn more about our initiatives
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.
SBIR/STTR MATCHING GRANTS
Who: Federal Phase 1 Awardees
When: February and August of each year
Amount: Up to $50,000
Why: To address critical gaps to obtaining Federal Phase II Funding
Who: Academic Startups
When: On a rolling basis
Amount: Up to $25,000
Why: To develop technology and further research efforts from academic intellectual property
MATURATION FUND GRANTS
Who: SC Higher Education Institutions
When: RFA Released Yearly
Amount: up to $15,000
Why: To augment an academic institution’s maturation funds
SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program
South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA leverages federal and state support to build 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. Please check their website for program details, funding dates and information about how to apply.
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.
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.