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Now Accepting New Proposals!

The South Carolina Department of Commerce has made significant funding available to match private sector funding for applied research projects between South Carolina’s universities and Fraunhofer USA to promote applied research that improves the competitiveness of South Carolina companies and results in a positive economic impact within the state. Effective immediately we are accepting project proposals to collaborate with the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance. If you would like to be considered, see below for our process and application. Eligible applicants (see qualifying criteria) can apply for matching funds and must commit a cash match to be eligible.

Project Application Process

If you are interested in submitting a project for funding, we suggest reaching out to Suzanne Dickerson (sdickerson@sccompetes.org) and Marcel Schaefer (mschaefer@fraunhofer.org) prior to starting your application.

A complete Application Instruction Packet can be downloaded HERE. We urge prospective companies and universities to download and review the information packet prior to applying for funding.

  1. Client Qualification: Commercial business presence in SC, including: Office Operations, Workforce, and/or Client/Supplier Base as well as an ability to invest 50% cash match of total project cost (in-kind contributions are welcome but do not satisfy cash match requirements).
  2. Project Qualification: The goal of a SCFUSA project is to have a positive impact on business competitiveness, to expand in-state operations, to increase employment and use of in-state suppliers, and to up-skill our talented workforce.
  3. Project Team & Proposal Development: Confer with the Project Team consisting of Fraunhofer and SC University researchers to reach a consensus on Project Goals & Milestones, Impact, Respective Roles, and Budget Requirements.
  4. Application Required Documents & Submissions: All applications must include a completed University Authorization Form, Budget File, Application Narrative, and the Client portion of the Project Assessment Form. In the case of a University (PI) application, all applications must receive institutional review and approval prior to submission. Please download and complete the following:
  5. Project Assessment: Projects are scored by the review board and selected based on a list of criteria that show the positive impact of the project on the state’s workforce and/or innovation economy. The first two questions on the assessment are completed by the applicant as a self assessment (within the below application). Applicants are welcome to review the full project assessment document that will be used to score their project:
  6. Presentation to Review Board: The project will be presented to the SCFUSA Advisory Board for evaluation and funding decision. Projects are reviewed on a rolling basis and a decision is usually made within 3 weeks of application submission.
  • Participant recognizes that under university policy, the results of the project must be publishable and agrees that researchers engaged in the project shall be permitted to present at symposia, national or regional professional meetings and to publish in journals, theses or dissertations, or otherwise of their own choosing, methods and results of project. Participant will be provided copies of any proposed release at minimum 30 days prior to release for review and comment. The university will remove any confidential information of participant and delay publication up to 90 days to protect patentable subject matter.
  • IP developed by the university under the project will belong to the university. The participant, will receive a time limited option to negotiate a license to university IP.
  • Under state law governing law and venue must be South Carolina.
  • Under state law university cannot indemnify, hold harmless, or defend another party.
  • University conducts research on a reasonable efforts basis and as such cannot guarantee any results.
Upload completed University Authorization document (download template above application or click here)
Upload completed standardized budget template excel document required by The Department of Commerce (download template above application or click here)
Upload the Application Narrative document (download template above application or click here)
Upload additional graphics, documents and files here
Does the project enhance the client’s competitiveness and lead to additional job creation? If yes, how will competitiveness be improved and how many possible new jobs could result?
Please provide a numerical score between 1-30.
Does the project offer other positive secondary impacts? For example: Is a supply chain strengthened? Will employee skills be enhanced and justify higher wages?
Please provide a numerical score between 1-15.
Please upload the Project Assessment Form here in the Excel format. (download template above application or click here)
I certify that: (1) the information submitted within the application is true, complete and accurate to the best of the principal investigator\'s (PI) knowledge; (2) any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject the PI to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties of local, state, and federal statutes; (3) the PI agrees to accept responsibility for the scientific conduct of the project and to provide the required progress reports if a grant is awarded as a result of the application.
I certify that the information submitted within the application is true, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge and agree to take the financial and other responsibilities imposed within the Project scope and budget.
Please type your name. This serves as your official signature on this application.