The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide.

A team of researchers from 10 universities and colleges across the state have received a $20 million, five-year grant from the NSF to establish a new initiative: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina, or MADE in SC.

The SC EPSCoR Program strives to meet all of South Carolina’s STEM higher education research needs. The office is the administrator for the MADE in SC NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 award.

The vision of the MADE in SC initiative is to discover and establish new and sustainable approaches for the design and assembly of hierarchical materials at multiple relevant length scales that serve South Carolina’s STEM research, education and workforce needs and invigorate economic development.