SC Fraunhofer USA Application

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About the 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 Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE in Maryland. The alliance was created to advance applied research in engineering and technology across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering and South Carolina research institutions.

The work of the alliance and the research it supports strive to give South Carolina a competitive edge in advancing applied research and innovation that can move industry forward.


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. 

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


“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

About Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated in Rhode Island, dedicated to the advancement of applied research. 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, Europe’s largest application-oriented research and development organization and its sole corporate member, Fraunhofer USA can offer both domestic and international resources to enhance its portfolio of R & D services.

Fraunhofer USA CESE, one of seven Centers comprising Fraunhofer USA Inc., conducts applied research to support the software-enabled innovations created by our customers in industry, government, and academia.

Recent Collaboration History

There are five projects underway or recently completed under the new SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance:

Learn More About the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

Contact Suzanne Dickerson, Director of the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance | (864) 901-4796

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