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SmartState Partnerships

Through the SmartState Program, South Carolina's research institutions team up through partnerships and collaborations to make an impact on our state's economic well-being while working to advance research and economic development in a variety of fields.

The University of South Carolina is pleased to collaborate with our SmartState partner institutions.

SmartState Partners

The SmartState Program

Browse the SmartState website to learn more about the program, and how it's making a difference in South Carolina by combining the strengths of the Palmetto State's leading research institutions.

Clemson University

Clemson is our rival on the football field, but USC is proud to collaborate with Clemson via several SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence.

Coastal Carolina University

USC collaborates with Coastal Carolina University on the SmartState Center of Tourism and Economic Development.

Health Sciences South Carolina

Health Sciences South Carolina, the nation's first statewide biomedical research collaborative, combines the strengths of South Carolina's largest hospital systems and leading research institutions to improve health in the Palmetto State. HSSC collaborates with USC and others in 11 SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence.

Medical University of South Carolina

USC collaborates with the Medical University of South Carolina in several SmartState Centers in a variety of health sciences areas like medication safety efficacy and stroke research.

South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University collaborates with USC and MUSC in the Cancer Disparities Center of Economic Excellence.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education provides administrative support for the statewide SmartState Program.

South Carolina Legislature

The SmartState Program was made possible through legislation passed by the South Carolina State Legislature in 2002.