Smart Clusters

The SmartState Program conducts research in areas of critical importance to South Carolina and the world. There are six industry-focused Smart Clusters that are home to Centers of Economic Excellence and their SmartState Endowed Chairs. Each Smart Cluster offers opportunities for businesses, students, potential faculty, and the public to engage with us. Below are the six Smart Cluster and their Centers. Click the individual Center for more information.

Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology

Advanced Fiber-based Materials 
Experimental Nanoscale Physics
Environmental Nanoscience and Risk

Multifunctional Materials & 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


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
Regenerative Medicine
Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences
Renal Disease Biomarkers
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

Smart Grid Technology
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 
Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE)

Information Science

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


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