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In South Carolina, we understand that competitiveness requires a commitment to research and development.

The Palmetto State supports a plethora of development opportunities from universities to world-class research facilities.

"Our company's Greenville plant is a model for the kind of high-tech, export-oriented manufacturing business the United States must develop to remain globally competitive. Every dollar we've invested in this site has generated a very good return for GE's investors."

–Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE


Created to facilitate applied research, product development and commercialization programs, SCLaunch® strengthens our state’s knowledge base by creating high wage-earning jobs. It also provides entrepreneurs with the tools to build new businesses and equity in South Carolina.

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Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Industry. Government. Academia. This state-of-the-art advanced technology research campus is where all three organizations come together to collaborate. With more than $250 million in public and private investment, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public-private partnership and powers the automotive and mobility industries in South Carolina.

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Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI)

The Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) is dedicated to exploring the fundamental properties of nanomaterials and their applications, while exploring the fundamental physics in nanostructured systems using a wide range of characterization techniques. 

Clemson University announces partnership to advance development of electric vehicle batteries.

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The Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation

The McNAIR Center’s mission is to grow South Carolina's knowledge-based economy and support industry through aerospace educationresearch leadership and industry advancement. Named in honor of SC native and Challenger astronaut, the Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research was founded in 2011 with donations from Darla Moore, Anita Zucker and Marva Smalls.

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South Carolina Research Authority

Designed to support federal and corporate work, SCRA provides research parks, wet labs, secure facilities, advanced manufacturing and IT infrastructure. Its world-class facilities are critical to supporting startups and Innovation Centers at each of the state’s three research universities—Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina.

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Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT)

Located on a 146-acre campus, SiMT is the premier technical service provider and training facility for industry in the Southeast. SiMT provides engineering, CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and 3D and virtual reality services. The Institute also provides manufacturing workforce and process training.

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The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

A commitment to the medical community is important to the health and wellness of your employees. MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South. With more than $234 million in research awards, MUSC continues to expand research and promote scientific discovery and economic development.

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Clemson University Innovation Center

A $98 million, one-of-a-kind wind turbine facility is under construction at the Restoration Institute in North Charleston. This test facility will advance wind turbine technology, improving reliability and efficiency.

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Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI)

Located in Greenville, SC, the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) is a unique collaboration between Greenville Technical College, Clemson University and advanced manufacturing companies representing a global footprint of diverse industries from automotive and aerospace to advanced materials and automation. Bridging the gap between manufacturing R&D and workforce development, CMI provides workforce training, manufacturing process development, rapid prototyping, space for startup businesses and a range of other services for firms in advanced manufacturing. CMI is the Southeast's home of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, a vehicle assembly center with state-of-the-art 3D printing capabilities.

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SmartState™ Program

The SmartState™ Program authorizes the state’s three public research institutions to create Centers of Economic Excellence to advance research, boost the state’s economy and maintain competitiveness. Nearly 50 centers have been created and more than 35 internationally recognized scientists and engineers have been recruited in areas including energy, nanotechnology, medicine and optics. More than $363 million in non-state funds have been invested, with nearly two-thirds coming from corporations and foundations.

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A community-led initiative, 3Phase simplifies the grant application process by helping innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptive technology businesses navigate the application processes for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 3Phase works directly with businesses to help plan projects and write proposals, as well as offering learning and workshop opportunities to help companies stay competitive throughout the funding process.

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