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About The SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA) is a collaborative effort between The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (The Council), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Fraunhofer USA network. The alliance was created to advance applied research across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA network and South Carolina research institutions.  Examples of research foci include artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, machine learning, wearables and other advanced digital technologies.  The work of the alliance and the research it supports give South Carolina a competitive edge in advancing applied research and increasing the competitiveness of South Carolina based organizations.

About the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA) is a collaborative effort between The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (The Council), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Fraunhofer USA network. The alliance was created to advance applied research across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA network and South Carolina research institutions.  Examples of research foci include artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, machine learning, wearables and other advanced digital technologies.  The work of the alliance and the research it supports give South Carolina a competitive edge in advancing applied research and increasing the competitiveness of South Carolina based organizations.

What Is Fraunhofer USA?

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft network is a global applied research organization with 72 institutes each focusing on different fields of applied science.  With some 28,000 employees, mainly scientists and engineers, and with an annual research budget of about €2.8 billion, the Fraunhofer Society is the biggest organization for applied research and development services in Europe. One of the most well-known developments includes the MP3 technology used in consumer electronics and households around the world. 

Fraunhofer USA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R & D for customers from industry and state and the federal government in the United States.  Working closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer USA Centers offer both domestic and international resources to enhance its portfolio of R & D services.

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To Learn More, Get In Touch, & General Questions

Contact Suzanne Dickerson, Director of the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance
sdickerson@sccompetes.org | (864) 901-4796

Recent Collaboration History

Projects underway or recently completed under the new SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance:

What Leadership is Saying

“A cornerstone of our work at the Council is to support our industry clusters by furthering actionable research studies that empower companies with information needed to grow and sustain their competitiveness. So, we’re very proud to be entering into this partnership with the Department of Commerce and Fraunhofer USA to manage the Alliance and to help raise South Carolina’s national and international profile as a leading provider of industry research and technology.”

– Susie Shannon, President, and CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness
“A cornerstone of our work at the Council is to support our industry clusters by furthering actionable research studies that empower companies with information needed to grow and sustain their competitiveness. So, we’re very proud to be entering into this partnership with the Department of Commerce and Fraunhofer USA to manage the Alliance and to help raise South Carolina’s national and international profile as a leading provider of industry research and technology.” – Susie Shannon, President, and CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness
“This new partnership with the prestigious Fraunhofer network gives South Carolina a unique competitive advantage by introducing a model to bring the state’s universities into the problem-solving needs of our companies. The creation of the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance reinforces our reputation as a business-friendly state that supports advanced research, and we’re excited about the innovation that will result from this initiative.”

– Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce
“This new partnership with the prestigious Fraunhofer network gives South Carolina a unique competitive advantage by introducing a model to bring the state’s universities into the problem-solving needs of our companies. The creation of the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance reinforces our reputation as a business-friendly state that supports advanced research, and we’re excited about the innovation that will result from this initiative.” – Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce
“Fraunhofer USA is excited to expand its presence in South Carolina. Our mission is to get technology to companies so they can be more successful. Working together with highly creative researchers at South Carolina universities, statewide leadership organizations like the Council on Competitiveness, and forward-looking South Carolina companies, we can do just that!”

– Dr. Adam Porter, Executive Director, Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE
“Fraunhofer USA is excited to expand its presence in South Carolina. Our mission is to get technology to companies so they can be more successful. Working together with highly creative researchers at South Carolina universities, statewide leadership organizations like the Council on Competitiveness, and forward-looking South Carolina companies, we can do just that!” – Dr. Adam Porter, Executive Director, Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE

 

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, please submit an application here. Eligible applicants (see qualifying criteria) can apply for matching funds and must commit a cash match to be eligible. 

In the case of a University (PI) application, all applications must receive institutional review and approval prior to submission.  Please click here to download the University Authorization Form, complete the appropriate information, and return it with your application.

**The Department of Commerce has asked that the new standardized budget template be provided with all new project applications. Click here to download the template, complete the budget, then upload in the application below.

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