Centers

The core of the SmartState Program is Centers of Economic Excellence established by South Carolina’s senior research universities. These Centers are relevant to ongoing university research programs. They are grouped in six industry-focused Smart Clusters to make it easier for business, students, potential faculty, and the public to engage with the SmartState Program.

SmartState Centers have single or multiple non-state partners that have invested in the Center. Centers must have outside investment equal to the state’s investment. For example, if the state approves an award of $5 million in South Carolina Education Lottery Funds, the university must have a non-state partner willing to invest $5 million.

Each SmartState Center includes one or more endowed chairs, research infrastructure, technical staff, and sustainable funding sources. Centers must be supported by affiliated graduate programs that create opportunities for students and faculty.

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SmartState Centers by Smart Cluster

Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology

Advanced Fiber-based Materials
Environmental Nanoscience and Risk
Experimental Nanoscale Physics
Multifunctional Materials and Structures (MFMS)®
Optical Materials/Photonics
Polymer Nanocomposites

Automotive & Transportation

CU-ICAR Automotive Design and Development 
CU-ICAR Automotive Manufacturing
Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics 
CU-ICAR Vehicle Electronic Systems Integration
CU-ICAR Automotive Systems Integration

Biomedical

Advanced Tissue Biofabrication
Brain Imaging
Prostate Cancer Disparities
Childhood Neurotherapeutics
Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety
HealthCare Quality
Health Facilities Design and Testing
Inflammation and Fibrosis Research
Marine Genomics
Molecular Proteomics in Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention
Neuroscience
Proteomics
Regenerative Medicine
Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences
Renal Disease Biomarkers
SeniorSMART®
Stroke
Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles
Tobacco-Related Malignancies
Translational Biomedical Informatics
Vision Science

Energy & Alternative Fuels

Catalysis for Renewable Fuels Center
General Atomics Center for the Development of Translational Nuclear Technology
Hydrogen Economy
Nuclear Science and Energy
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 
SmartGrid Technology
Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE)

Information Science

CyberInstitute 
Data Analysis, Simulation, Imaging, and Visualization 
Optoelectronics 
Sustainable Development
Tourism and Economic Development 
Urban Ecology and Restoration

Pharmaceutical

Cancer Drug Discovery
Cancer Stem Cell Biology and Therapy
Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnostics 
Lipidomics, Pathobiology and Therapy 
Medication Safety and Efficacy 
Translational Cancer Therapeutics

Biomedical

Dr. Robert J Adams
Dr. Robert Baldwin
Dr. John Brooks
Dr. Manuel Casanova
Dr. Kenneth Catchpole
Dr. Marc Chimowitz
Dr. Christopher Cowan
Dr. Nancy Demore
Dr. Thomas DiSalvo
Dr. Richard Drake
Dr. Stephen A. Duncan
Dr. Johan Enslin
Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick
Dr. Marvella Ford
Dr. Julius Fridriksson
Dr. Jeremy Gilbert
Dr. Joseph A. Helpern
Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert
Dr. Anjali Joseph
Dr. Les Lenert
Dr. Sue Levkoff
Dr. Xiaoming Li
Dr. Sheldon E. Litwin
Dr. Anand Mehta
Dr. Stephane Meystre
Dr. Martin Morad
Dr. Gavin Naylor
Dr. Deepak Nihalani
Dr. Jihad Obeid
Dr. Baerbel Rohrer
Dr. Chris Rorden
Dr. John Schaefer
Dr. Souvik Sen
Dr. Frank Treiber
Dr. Betty Tsao
Dr. Jeffrey Twiss
Dr. Delia West

Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology

Dr. John Ballato
Dr. Brian Benicewicz
Dr. Jamie Lead
Dr. Marek Urban
Dr. Michel van Tooren

Pharmaceutical

Dr. Charles Bennett
Dr. Carolyn Britten
Dr. J. Alan Diehl
Dr. Mark Hamann
Dr. John J. Lemasters
Dr. Gustave Leone
Dr. Zihai Li
Dr. Mitzi Nagarkatti
Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Dr. Igor Roninson
Dr. Kenneth D. Tew
Dr. Patrick M. Woster
Dr. Xue Zhong Yu

Energy & Alternative Fuels

Dr. Theodore M. Besmann
Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci
Dr. Jochen Lauterbach
Dr. John Regalbuto

Information Science

Dr. Laura B. Cardinal
Dr. Wolfgang Dahmen
Dr. Simon Hudson
Dr. Eric Johnson
Dr. Amy Landis

Automotive & Transportation

Dr. Zoran Filipi
Dr. Venkat Krovi
Dr. Scott Mason
Dr. Laine Mears