The SCRA-Academia Collaboration Team is giving nearly $600,000 in feasibility grants for six innovation projects encouraging collaboration between academic institutions and industry partners.
“The grants will establish collaboration centers to create jobs, engage industry and have a positive impact on the state,” Christine Dixon Thiesing, SCRA's director of academic programs, said in a news release.
The centers will be founded in areas with a critical mass of talent, infrastructure, financial resources and intellectual property and a prevalence of industry in the state.
The team is planning to establish three collaboration centers: a composite industry solutions center, a medical devices collaboration center and a technology-enabled population health collaboration center.
Grant award winners include:
- Composite industry solutions center: collaboration among Clemson University, Greenville Technical College and industry partners Kistler Instrument Corp., Keyence Corporation of America and Renishaw.
- Medical devices collaboration center: collaboration between the Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University.
- Technology-enabled population health collaboration center: collaboration among the Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College and industry partners Zeriscope Inc. and Amanda Senior Care.
- A collaboration between Francis Marion University and a regional health organization.
- A collaboration between USC Upstate and industry partners ChartSpan Medical Technologies and other state agencies.
- A collaboration between Clemson University, Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology and industry partner Greenville Health System.
The SACT comprises representatives from the state’s research universities; comprehensive teaching institutions; technical colleges; industry; and SCRA, a nonprofit, state-chartered organization that encourages entrepreneurship and academic research.