USC invests in SC’s future with 5 new research institutes

May 12, 2023

source: University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina will invest $10 million over the next four years in five new interdisciplinary research institutes that will address some of the Palmetto State’s biggest challenges, including health, education and water quality.

Each of the new research institutes will receive $500,000 per year over four years from USC’s Research Institutes Funding Program. The institutes will be led by multidisciplinary teams of research faculty focusing on innovative solutions to problems in South Carolina and beyond. Along with new breakthroughs, the institutes have the potential to bring future funding and prosperity to the state in the form of major federal grants and commercialization opportunities.

“These projects truly represent what a flagship research university does best: bring together experts from multiple disciplines to take on some of the biggest scientific and societal challenges of our time. I congratulate all the researchers involved and thank them for their dedication to our critical mission,” USC President Michael Amiridis said.

The institutes, which were competitively selected, will include faculty from seven different USC colleges and represent a wide range of research expertise, said Julius Fridriksson, USC’s Vice President for Research.

“The highest impact research today involves leveraging multiple perspectives, skillsets and areas of expertise to come up with the most comprehensive possible understanding of or solution to a significant issue. These institutes hold great promise as both centers of innovation and a major investment in the bright future of interdisciplinary research at USC,” Fridriksson said.

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